Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Seated boy

Late Cypro-Classical II–Early Hellenistic
ca. 325–300 B.C.
Terracotta; mold-made
H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
The boy sits on a thin, flat roughly triangular base, with his left leg folded flat on the base and his right knee bent. His left arm is bent forward and rests on his left leg. His right arm is also bent and rests on his right knee. He has a round face and short hair marked with shallow grooves. He wears a knee-length, short-sleeved tunic. Grooves on the sleeves and the border of the garment may indicate folds. A string of applied seals, amulets, and rings hangs across his chest from his left shoulder to underneath his right arm.
From Cyprus From Kourion, the temple of Apollo Hylates

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XXXVI.297, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 269, p. 24, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1463, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robinson, David Moore. 1931. Excavations at Olynthus: The Terra-cottas of Olynthus found in 1931, Vol. 7, D.M. Robinson, ed. p. 78, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Connelly, Joan. 1990. "Hellenistic Terracottas of Cyprus and Kuwait." The Coroplast's Art: Greek Terracottas of the Hellenistic World, Jaimee Uhlenbrock, ed. p. 95, fig. 83, New Rochelle, N.Y.: College Art Gallery, SUNY, New Paltz.

Beer, Cecilia. 1994. Temple-Boys: A Study of Cypriote Votive Sculpture, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 113. pp. 55-62, pls. 92, 93a-b, no. 187, Jonsered: Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 432, p. 268, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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