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Terracotta plank-shaped figurine

Period:
Early Cypriot III–Middle Cypriot I
Date:
ca. 2000–1800 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1534
  • Description

    This is an example of an early type of plank-shaped figurine, with rectangular head and shoulders. The patterns on the body most likely indicate a woven garment, overlaid with jewelry. Such figurines may recall cult statues of stone or wood that were placed in sanctuaries.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Alambra, Cyprus

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2001.

    Karageorghis, Vassos, Dr. Joan R. Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2, pp. 20-21.

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