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Chlorite pendant in the form of the head of an African (known as Ethiopian)

Period:
Iron Age
Date:
9th–8th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Chlorite
Dimensions:
Overall: 3/16 x 1 x 3/4 in. (0.5 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5010
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This is the earliest image of an African in the collection of the Greek and Roman Department at the Museum.
From Amathus

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. CXIV.2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1550, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1988. Blacks in Ancient Cypriot Art. no. 8, Houston: Menil Foundation.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 581, p. 403, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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