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Limestone male figure

Period:
Archaic
Date:
last quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 75 1/2 in. (191.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2460
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
It is possible that the head and body did not originally belong to the same work. The articulation of each part, however, testifies to the first influences of Greek sculpture on that of Cyprus. In contrast to the monumental head, 74.51.2857, all details of this figure's head are executed in great detail. The smiling lips, moreover, animate the musculature of the whole face. The arms at the sides recall the Greek kouroi, and the differentiation of the undergarment and cloak show an awareness of three-dimensional texture as opposed to two-dimensional patterning.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1352, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 173, p. 110, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 12, pp. 28, 36–37, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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