Terracotta bird

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.830
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is handmade and hollow; to the bell-shaped body are attached open wings, a flat rectangular tail, and a solid cylindrical curving neck. Painted decoration: In black, the wings and horizontal bands on the sides. There are red and black vertical bands on the front and back.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 744, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Terracottas. no. 255, pp. 148, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.