Limestone statue of a young man, Limestone, Cypriot

Limestone statue of a young man

mid-4th century B.C.
H. 63 3/4 in. (161.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
The head and body are from two different statues. The regular features and serene expression of the face as well as the carefully modeled drapery that makes clear the figure's stance show the influence of high Classical Greek style. The man holds a bough in one hand and a round pyxis, probably containing incense, in the other. Like most votive statues dedicated to a god, he wears a wreath.
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