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Limestone figure wearing a mask

Period:
Archaic
Date:
2nd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2515
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The figure wears a mask in the form of a bull's head and neck; the lower edge rests on the shoulders and chest. He seems to be stabilizing its lower end. One is reminded of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's comic interpretation of an age-old tradition rooted in serious, ritual performances.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1029, 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. 194, 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. 247, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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