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Limestone statuette of Geryon

Period:
Classical
Date:
probably early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 5/8 x 3 x 1 in. (6.7 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2587
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In this miniature group, the lower legs are missing and the surface is worn. The work is very rudimentary. The heads wear helmets with crests; the one on the viewer’s right is missing. The bodies, partially hidden by the shields, form a single block. The shields are decorated with a motif in relief: on the left a sphinx, at the center probably a lion. Two raised right arms remain; the right arm of the body on the right has a hole for the insertion of a weapon.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1294, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. Geryoneus, no. 4, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 342, Myres 1294, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Counts, Derek B. 2014. "Myth into Art: Foreign Impulses and Local Reponses in Archaic Cypriot Sanctuaries." The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, Arthur Bernard Knapp and Peter van Dommelen, eds. p. 290, fig. 16.5(b), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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