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Limestone figure holding a mask

Period:
Archaic
Date:
probably late 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2505
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
This remarkable work shows a male figure holding the mask of a lion against his head with his left hand. Unlike the three-dimensional masks in 74.51.2538 and 74.51.2515, this one is quite flat. Votive clay masks of lions are known from Cyprus and the Levant beginning in the eleventh century B.C. They may have some relation to the Egyptian goddess Sehkmet or may represent the most ferocious of beasts.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

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. LVII.381, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1031, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 5, p. 19. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 196, pp. 130-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 250, p. 198, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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