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Limestone head of a man wearing a helmet

Period:
Archaic
Date:
middle or 3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H.: 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (18.1 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2557
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The face has a smiling expression, the nose is slightly hooked, the eyes almond-shaped, the eyebrows high and thick, the ears schematic, the frontal locks jagged. The tall helmet has a smooth surface and the peak is nothing more than a stump. On the back is just a bit of the hair that projected below the helmet.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1275, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 14, p. 38, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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