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Limestone votive relief fragment

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/4 x 4 x 1 1/4 in. (19.7 x 10.2 x 3.2 cm)
Classification:
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2362
Not on view
Sadly broken, the relief and accompanying Cypro-syllabic inscription provide little clue about their meaning. But the large draped figure is probably the god Apollo, holding the kithara (lyre) in his left arm with his right arm reaching across his body to pluck the strings. The small figure to his right may represent a votive statuette on a pedestal.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 768, p. 50, pl. XI.4, 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. CXXV, 3, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1879, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1961. Les Inscriptions Chypriotes Syllabiques: Recueil Critique et Commenté. no. 274, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 449, p. 322, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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