Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone votive relief fragment of a seated deity with an inscribed dedication to Apollo

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2313
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Inscribed "Onasioros dedicated to the god Apollo in (good fortune!)"

The inscription on this relief is in Cypriote syllabary, the origin of which has proven difficult to trace. Past attempts have been made to link it to Egyptian and Hittite hieroglyphics, the letter forms of the Phoencian alphabet and to the Cretan script Linear A, as well as the Mycenaean script Linear B.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 769, p. 50, St. Petersburg: L’Académie Impérial des Sciences.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CXXXIV.1, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1874, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1961. Les Inscriptions Chypriotes Syllabiques: Recueil Critique et Commenté. no. 267, pl. XLV.2, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 454, p. 325, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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