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Limestone grave marker

Period:
Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 49 x 31 1/2in. (124.5 x 80cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2484
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
Two men reclining at a banquet are represented in the upper panel, while a couple seen from the waist up fill the space below. The Cypriots were among the first to represent banquets on funerary monuments. As on the sarcophagus (74.51.2451) nearby, such a scene may have simply evoked the pleasures of daily life or it may have been intended to elevate the deceased to a heroic level.
From the necropolis of Golgoi

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. CXLI.1053, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1401, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1971. "Kypriaka IX: Recherches sur les antiquités de Golgoi." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 95: p. 314, fig. 8.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 348, p. 218, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pogiatzi, Elena. 2003. Die Grabreliefs auf Zypern: von der archaischen bis zur romischen Zeit. cat. 32, pp. 130-1, pl. XX, Mannheim: Bibliopolis.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 480, pp. 344–55, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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