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Limestone bust of a lyre-player

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 575–550 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 × 9 × 11 3/4 in. (45.7 × 22.9 × 29.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2509
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Egyptianizing influence is evident in the wig and stiff pose. At the top of the lyre is a head of a griffin. This figure may have formed a pair with the flute player 74.51.2517. Both representations originally would have been full-length.
Golgoi–Ayios Photios, “West of the temple”

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. XII.14, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1265, 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. 198, p. 132, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2006. Aspects of Everyday Life in Cyprus: Iconographic Representations. no. 123, p. 147, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 232, p. 187, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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