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  • Head of a man, ca. 600 b.c.; Cypro–Archaic
    Cypriot; Said to be from Amathus
    Terracotta; H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
    The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.1458)

    This mold-made head was once part of a large-scale terracotta statue of a male figure. By the seventh century B.C., Cypriot sculptors used molds for the heads of large clay sculptures, a process that enabled them to produce facial features more accurately. This bearded head has large ridged eyes, a prominent nose, and "feathered" eyebrows, all common characteristics of Cypriot sculpture from this period. Abundant color accentuates the facial features, hair, and helmet. The relatively small mouth with a hint of an Archaic smile reveals the influence of Greek sculpture.

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  • Head of a man, ca. 600 B.C.; Cypro-Archaic
    Cypriot; Said to be from Amathus
    Terracotta; H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
    The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874-76 (74.51.1458)

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