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Bull's head mask

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1791
Not on view
The mask is mold-made. It has short horns, impressed circles for nostrils, small oblique eyes with a groove around them, and a deep groove for the open mouth.
From Cyprus Said to be from a tomb at Alambra

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. XIV.109, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2071, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. p. 121, pl. LXX.6, mask no. 50, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 240, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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