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Terracotta statue of a bull

Late Cypriot III
ca. 1200–1050 B.C.
Terracotta; hand-made
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
The statuette of a bull is handmade and hollow. The facial characteristics and the shoulder hump are realistically rendered.
Said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion

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.674, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2070, p. 342, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 2. no. O(ii)4, p. 41, pl. XXII.7, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 24, pp. 28, 252, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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