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Limestone male figure in Egyptian dress

Period:
Archaic
Date:
3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 51 1/4 in. (130.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2472
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The figure wears the double crown of Egypt with the uraeus (sacred asp) in front, a three-row pectoral, a fringed kilt whose central panel is decorated with two uraei, and a link belt. He probably represents and was dedicated as a worshiper; his pose, with one arm bent across the chest, is typical of such figures. Remarkably, Egyptian sculpture was not imported into Cyprus. However, Egyptian influence on the island began in the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600–1050 B.C.) and was reinforced by Phoenician imports. Only after Egypt took control of Cyprus in about 570 B.C. did details such as the double crown appear in sculpture.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

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Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. pp. 526–30, fig. 358, Paris: Hachette.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1363, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gjerstad, Einar. 1948. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition: The Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic, and Cypro-Classical Periods, Vol. 4(2). pp. 99–100, Stockholm: The Swedish Cyprus Expedition.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 19-20, fig. 7.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 182, p. 117, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Faegersten, Fanni. 2003. The Egyptianizing Male Limestone Statuary from Cyprus: a study of a cross-cultural eastern Mediterranean votive type. no. 21, p. 347, fig. 5, pls. 6.1, 26, Lund, Sweden: Lund University, Museum of Classical Antiquities.

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. 220 n. 213, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

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