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Gold calf-head pendant

Period:
Classical
Date:
2nd half of the 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cypriot
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
11/16 x 3/8in. (1.8 x 0.9cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3332
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
The small vestigial horns identify this as a calf's head rather than a bull's head. Hollow, made of thin sheet gold in left and right halves. The ears were added separately.
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. IV, 33, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 188, p. 249, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 392, p. 240, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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