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Terracotta mounted figure

Period:
Early Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 13/16 in. (19.9 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1772
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Though conventionally identified as a horse, the animal here shows quite different features: a long, maneless neck (that has been repaired), a compact head, and a short curled-up tail. The rider is sitting sidesaddle on a blanket or seat of some kind. The group may, in fact, show a child riding a dog.
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. LXIX.636, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2086, p. 343, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1995. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 4. no. II(i)d.2, p. 94, pl. XLIX.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. 243, p. 153, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2006. Aspects of Everyday Life in Cyprus: Iconographic Representations. no. 161, pp. 173–74, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 100, pp. 61, 256, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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