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Limestone fragment of a sarcophagus

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone (not marble, as in Doell)
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 × 69 × 2 15/16 in. (45.7 × 175.3 × 7.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2491
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
This piece once formed one of the long sides of a sarcophagus. The symmetrical decoration consists of two small bulls that flank two wreaths. At the upper corners of the panel a ring is carved in relief, imitating the handles of a chest. The style of the panel shows the influence of woodcarving. Stone funerary architecture often imitated wooden constructions, and this sarcophagus was probably based on a wooden prototype.
Found “near Larnaca” (Doell)

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1372, 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. 334, p. 207, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 494, Myres 1372, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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