Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragmentary limestone Cypriot capital

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 26 1/2 x 36 in. (67.3 x 91.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2497
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
This capital, with carved decoration on only one side, is of a type known only on Cyprus. Like the more complete version (74.51.2493) displayed nearby, two pairs of curved frondlike forms surround an elaborate "tree of life," a motif well known in Near Eastern art. Two sphinxes standing on lotus stems place a paw against the tree.
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. C.672, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1417, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mercklin, Eugen von. 1962. Antike Figuralkapitelle. no. 66, p. 21, fig. 88, Berlin: W. de Gruyter & Co.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 473, p. 340, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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