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Limestone temple boy

Period:
Classical
Date:
1st quarter fo the 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Hard limestone, pink surface
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 1/2 x 14 7/8 x 8 in. (39.4 x 37.8 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2756
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
The boy sits on a roughly elliptical plinth. He is dressed in a short-sleeved chiton and a garment above it that reaches his ankles. With his right hand, he holds a cock that rests on the boy's left leg and foot. He wears a chain with pendants, signet rings, etc. across his chest. He has a round, flat face and wears rings on his ear lobes. Grooves mark his short hair.
From Cyprus 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. CXXXI.970, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1211, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beer, Cecilia. 1994. Temple-Boys: A Study of Cypriote Votive Sculpture, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 113. pp. 55-62, pl. 164, Jonsered: Paul Aströms Förlag.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 21-2, fig. 16.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 364, pp. 230-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 252, p. 201, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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