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Limestone statuette of three animals

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H.: 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (16.5 x 16.5 x 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2595
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Votive statuettes of animals such as this one were often found in sanctuaries or inside tombs. The animals represented may either be cows or sheep with their offspring.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

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. XCVIII, 666, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1147, p. 182, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen. 1920. "Greek Votive Offerings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(2): p. 37.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 371, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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