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Terracotta statuette fragment of a deer sacrificed at an altar to Artemis

2nd century B.C.
Greek, Asia Minor
h. 4 5/16 in. (10.92 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This fragment shows a cult statue of Artemis on an altar holding a phiale and a bow. The head and neck of a sacrificial deer, as well as a hand holding a knife, appear at the left. Numerous complete examples of this well documented statuette type allow us to match the hand with the winged figure of Eros. He would have been depicted facing the viewer with his left knee in the small of the deer's back.
Possibly found in Ephesos

Until 1888, collection of Joseph William Drexel, New York; acquired in 1889, gift of Mrs. Lucy Wharton Drexel.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 725, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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