Terracotta statuette of woman with bird face,

Cypriot

This figurine is typical of Cypriot coroplastic art of the Late Cypriot II and III periods. The type, with the pubic triangle accentuated and the breasts clearly shown, is likely of Syrian origin, but Cypriot sculptors created their own variations.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173

Public Domain

Object Details

Period: Late Cypriot II

Date: ca. 1450–1200 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.1547

Said to be from Nicosia-Ayia Paraskevi

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