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Limestone ram-bearer

Period:
Archaic
Date:
second quarter of 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 x 7 x 4 in. (33 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2533
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Images of worshipers bringing an animal for sacrifice emphasize the importance of agriculture and animal husbandry for the subsistence of the community. Such limestone examples have been found not only on Cyprus but also in sanctuaries on Samos and Rhodes, for instance. More modest representations exist in terracotta.
From Kourion, sanctuary of Apollo Hylates

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. XVI.21, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1120, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 80, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 200, p. 133, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2006. Aspects of Everyday Life in Cyprus: Iconographic Representations. cat. 138, p. 159, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 170, p. 149, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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