Terracotta mask, Terracotta, Cypriot

Terracotta mask

Cypro-Archaic I
end of the 7th century B.C.
Terracotta; mold-made
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The mask is mold-made. The right ear is missing. It has a small ovoid face. The beard is exaggeratedly long and is neatly separated from the face. It is divided by vertical grooves into bands filled with parallel chevrons that terminate in large curls.
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Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2136, p. 349, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wooden, Howard E. 1977. 5000 Years of Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Inaugural Exhibition of the New Wichita Art Museum no. 16, p. 25, Wichita, KS: Wichita Art Museum.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1993. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 3. no. 19, p. 113, pl. LXVI.2, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 223, pp. 146–47, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Terracottas. no. 236, pp. 138–39, 260, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.