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Limestone model of a coffin

Period:
Cypro-Geometric I
Date:
ca. 1050–950 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (17.1 x 23.5 x 13.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5166
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
On the short ends of the model appear a schematic figure with upraised arms, two flanking caprid quadrupeds, and, below, branches. However stylized the execution, the motifs are familiar from other contemporary media. Model coffins are known in Cyprus from the Late Bronze Age on; they probably reproduce examples of wood.
From the necropolis of Golgoi

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. LXXIX.505, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1662, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 205, p. 136, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 409, p. 292, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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