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Limestone statue of Artemis Bendis

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Hard limestone
Dimensions:
30 3/4 x 12 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (78.1 x 32.4 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2477
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
The head and the body come from different statues. Bendis was a goddess of the hunt, similar to Artemis. Her worship originated in Thrace, a rugged mountainous region in what is today Bulgaria, but became fairly widespread throughout the Greek world by the Hellenistic period. She wears Oriental dress, with a soft leather Phrygian cap and a long-sleeved tunic and trousers.
From Kourion, sanctuary of Apollo Hylates

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. CII.675, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1350, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Attis, no. 2, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 422, pp. 260-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 356, pp. 262–63, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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