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Limestone statue of a male votary holding a bird in the left hand

Late Cypro-Archaic–Early Cypro-Classical
ca 500–450 B.C.
Overall: 25 x 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (63.5 x 24.1 x 17.1 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The feet and the right hand are missing. The left leg is advanced and both arms are lowered with hands extended. The left hand holds a bird and a small pyxis, the right, a branch attached to the arm. The body is covered by a chiton with long, U-shaped folds and a pleated surface. A long garment with U-shaped folds is draped over the shoulders and chest. The neck is thick. The face has a smiling expression, the tip of the nose is broken. The almond-shaped eyes are surmounted by high-set eyebrows. Over the forehead, ears, and nape of the neck is a roll of rectangular locks. A wreath of vertical leaves is set on the rounded head, with locks summarily indicated. The forms of the body are roughed out on the back.
Said to be from Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1069, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 111, pp. 44, 112, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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