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Terracotta plank-shaped figurine

Middle Cypriot I
ca. 1900–1800 B.C.
Terracotta; hand-made
H. 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
This is a classic example of the "developed" plank-shaped figurine, with an elliptical body and neck and rounded shoulders. The decoration on the back is similar to that on the front. The figurine once wore earrings of metal or thread.
Said to be from a tomb at Alambra

Doell, Johannes. 1873. Die Sammlung Cesnola. no. 838, p. 59, pl. XIV.3, St. Petersburg: L’Académie Impérial des Sciences.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1877. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. p. 86, pl. VI, London: John Murray.

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. II.6, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2003, p. 333, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Orphanides, Andreas G. 1983. ""Bronze Age Anthropomorphic Figurines in the Cesnola Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 3, pp. 6–7, pl. III.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1991. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus, Vol. 1. no. Bi.5, pp. 82-83, 93, pl. XLVIII.4, 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. 3, pp. 20–21, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Terracottas. cat. 2, pp. 16–17, 252, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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