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Limestone statue of a youth

Period:
Classical
Date:
early 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 43 7/8 in. (111.4 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2457
  • Description

    The head and body probably come from different statue. Like most freestanding sculpture found on Cyprus, this figure was set up as a votive gift to a deity and was probably thought to stand as a continuous worshiper in place of the man who dedicated it. The soft modeling of the face and the sprightly smile derive from East Greek art of the late sixth century B.C., and the figure is dressed in the Greek manner, wearing a finely pleated linen chiton and a wool himation (cloak).

  • Provenance

    Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1359.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, and Kyoto Municipal Museum. 1972. Treasured Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum, no. 36, fig. 36.

    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. 291, pp. 250, 463.

    Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection: Stone Sculpture. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 103, Myres 1359.

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