Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone votary of a bearded male with a wreath

Period:
Classical
Date:
2nd half of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Height: 70 1/2 in. (179.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2462
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
This over-lifesize figure depicts a bearded man making an offering. He wears an ornate wreath of ivy leaves, flowers, and laurel sprays, and holds a libation bowl (phiale) in his right hand and a box and a small branch in his left. He wears a chiton and has a himation draped over his left shoulder—attire that in classical Greece would have been more appropriate for a woman, since men were usually represented in heroic or athletic nudity. The right forearm of the statue is modern.
From the Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 81, p. 25, pls. V.11, IX.10, St. Petersburg: L’Académie Impérial des Sciences.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1877. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. p. 151, London: John Murray.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. LXIV.430, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1408, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine. 2005. "Les derniers temps du royaume d'Idalion et son annexion par Kition." Cahier du Centre d' Études Chypriotes, 35. p. 123, fig. 23.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 86, pp. 84, 92–4, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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