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Ivory pinhead

Period:
Late Cypriot II or III
Date:
ca. 1450–1050 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5209
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
The finial, in the shape of a pomegranate, formed the head of a pin, the exact purpose of which is unknown. Similar objects have been found in the Levant and Egypt.
From Cyprus

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. CXVI, 8, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5951, 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. 110, p. 69, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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