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Limestone male figure in Egyptian dress

mid-6th century B.C.
41 1/4 × 19 × 10 in. (104.8 × 48.3 × 25.4 cm) measurments at legs( base): 11 × 6 3/8 in. (27.9 × 16.2 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The worshiper wears bracelets, a belt, and a kilt decorated with uraei. He may have had a painted pectoral. The first Egyptian influences on Archaic Cypriot sculpture manifest themselves in the kilt and very broad-shouldered proportions. In time, not only are more Egyptian accessories included but Greek influence also becomes evident in the softer, looser articulation of the body.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

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