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Terracotta snake figurine

Period:
Late Cypro-Archaic II or Cypro-Classical I
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm) L. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1760
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The front part of the cobra is attached to a column, with a shallow bowl, probably a religious offering, on top. Between the bowl and the cobra may be a baby snake, with head missing. The piece is similar to Egyptian examples.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2132, p. 349, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1996. "The Cypro-archaic period monsters, animals and miscellanea." The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 6. p. 47, pl. XXVIII.1, no. Q.a.1, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 256, p. 159, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 256, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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