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Limestone ram-bearer

Period:
Archaic
Date:
second quarter of 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 x 7 x 4 in. (33 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2533
  • Description

    Images of worshipers bringing an animal for sacrifice emphasize the importance of agriculture and animal husbandry for the subsistence of the community. Such limestone examples have been found not only on Cyprus but also in sanctuaries on Samos and Rhodes, for instance. More modest representations exist in terracotta.

  • Provenance

    From Kourion, sanctuary of Apollo Hylates

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1120.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, no. 80.

    Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection: Stone Sculpture. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 170, Myres 1120.

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