Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bull's head mask with human characteristics

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1806
Not on view
The mask, which may represent Acheloos, is handmade. It has bulging eyes, a flat muzzle, and a flat projection that emerges from the forehead below a pellet between the horns.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2074, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. mask no. 47, p. 121, pl. LXX.3, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 239, pp. 140, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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