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Terracotta musician

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 600–480 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1670
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The complex dress and amount of jewelry suggest that this figure may be a priestess of the Great Goddess of Cyprus. She holds a lyre in her left hand.
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. XXXIV.287, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2166, pp. 351–52, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Jacqueline. 1977. La grande déesse de Chypre et son culte à travers l'iconographie de l'époque néolithique au VIème s.a.C.. p. 216, Lyon: Maison de l'Orient.

Monloup, Thérèse. 1994. Les terres cuites classiques: un sanctuaire de la grande déesse. Salamine de Chypre., Vol. 14. no. 4, p. 109, Paris: Diffusion de Boccard.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cypro-archaic period small female figurines, Vol. 5(B). no. 155, p. 280, 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. 227, pp. 148–49, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 194, pp. 115, 258–59, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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