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Limestone statue of a youth

Period:
Classical
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 43 7/8 in. (111.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2457
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
The head and body probably come from different statues. Like most freestanding sculpture found on Cyprus, this figure was set up as a votive gift to a deity and was probably thought to stand as a continuous worshiper in place of the man who dedicated it. The soft modeling of the face and the sprightly smile derive from East Greek art of the late sixth century B.C., and the figure is dressed in the Greek manner, wearing a finely pleated linen chiton and a wool himation (cloak).
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1359, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, and Kyoto Municipal Museum. 1972. Treasured Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 36, fig. 36, Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 3, 20-1, fig. 12.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 335, p. 209, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 291, pp. 250, 463, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stylianou, Andreas and Patrick Schollmeyer. 2007. "Der Sarkophag aus Golgoi." Dynastensarkophage mit szenischen Reliefs aus Byblos und Zypern: Der Sarkophag aus Amathous als Beispiel kontaktinduzierten Wandels, 2. p. 221 n. 229, pl. 56d, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 103, p. 106, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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