Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone finial of a funerary stele with two recumbent lions

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 6th or early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 7 in. (33.7 x 62.2 x 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2866
Not on view
The cavetto finial is decorated with a winged disk; on the underside, a mortise of 4½ x 4 cm was used for attachment to a stele. The two lions are recumbent, back to back, but the hindquarters are raised, leaving an unfilled space below.
From “the ruins of Idalium”

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 826, p. 55, pl. XIII.16, St. Petersburg: L’Académie Impérial des Sciences.

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. CXXII.909, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1390, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pogiatzi, Elena. 2003. Die Grabreliefs auf Zypern: von der archaischen bis zur romischen Zeit. cat. 8, pp. 6, 78, 83, 110, pl. V, Mannheim: Bibliopolis.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 461, pp. 331–32, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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