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Terracotta bull's mask

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1807
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
As the surrounding objects indicate, bulls' masks figured prominently in the rituals of ancient Cyprus. An example like this one would have been dedicated at a sanctuary.
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.673, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2073, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. mask no. 48, p. 121, pl. LXX.4, 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. 224, pp. 146–47, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 241, pp. 141, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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