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Terracotta mask in the form of a bull

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1759
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The mask is handmade. It has curving horns, pellet eyes, a slit mouth, and two punctures for the nostrils. The dewlap is rendered. There are traces of red paint overall.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2072, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 243, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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