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Limestone bust of a flute-player

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 575–550 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 3/4 × 13 3/4 × 8 3/4 in. (40 × 34.9 × 22.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2517
  • Description

    Representations of flute players are found in both sanctuaries and tombs in Cyprus. They would play music eternally for the divinity or the deceased. The strap around the head of the player, a phorbeia, held the flute in place and prevented the cheeks from swelling, thus helping to control the breath. Egyptian influence is evident in the smooth wig. The piece may have formed a pair with 74.51.2509.

  • Provenance

    Golgoi–Ayios Photios, “West of the temple”

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1264.

    Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection: Stone Sculpture. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 224, Myres 1264.

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