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Terracotta statuette of a dancing youth

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made and hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1710
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This statuette belongs to a series of "Phrygian dancers" that is associated with the cult of Cybele or the Mother Goddess. The figure is represented as performing an ecstatic dance, presumably part of the cult rituals.
From Cyprus, said to be from Kythrea or Soli

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XXXVIII.307, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2299, pp. 360-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Connelly, Joan. 1990. "Hellenistic Terracottas of Cyprus and Kuwait." The Coroplast's Art: Greek Terracottas of the Hellenistic World, Jaimee Uhlenbrock, ed. p. 97, fig. 89, New Rochelle, N.Y.: College Art Gallery, SUNY, New Paltz.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 441, p. 273, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine. 2000. Amathonte: Les figurines en terre cuite, archaïques et classiques, les sculptures en pierre, Vol. 5. Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. no. 351, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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