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Terracotta statuette of a nude woman

Period:
Late Cypriot II
Date:
ca. 1450–1200 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 8 9/16 in. (21.79 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1549
  • Description

    The figurine is hollow. The groove on the left breast is accidental. Such figures were placed in tombs and may symbolize fertility and regeneration.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from a tomb at Nicosia-Ayia Paraskevi

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 2014.

    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. 15, p. 25.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 266, pp. 229, 458.

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