Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1803
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The mask is handmade. It has prominent horns, ears, and muzzle.
From Cyprus, said to be from Idalion

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. LXXV.681, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2075, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. mask no. 49, p. 121, pl. LXX.5, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 242, pp. 141, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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