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Limestone head of a bearded man wearing a wreath

Period:
Classical
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 x 10 x 9 3/4 in. (35.6 x 25.4 x 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2837
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
This fine head with delicately chiseled beard and subtly modeled face reflects the serious, quiet style found in Greek art of the early fifth century B.C. Wreaths were worn at all religious festivals, and the crown of leaves worn by this figure marks him as a worshiper of a god.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1291, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts. 1981. Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York : de Ramsès à Picasso. no. 42, pp. 56-57, Paris: Musée & Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 340, p. 211, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stylianou, Andreas and Patrick Schollmeyer. 2007. "Der Sarkophag aus Golgoi." Dynastensarkophage mit szenischen Reliefs aus Byblos und Zypern: Der Sarkophag aus Amathous als Beispiel kontaktinduzierten Wandels, 2. p. 221 n. 229, pl. 56e, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 87, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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