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Limestone male figure

early 6th century B.C.
H. 28 3/4 in. (73 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
This figure exemplifies a well-established type that appears in Cypriot sculpture at the end of the seventh century B.C. The men are always under lifesize, beardless, and dressed in a close-fitting tunic, brief loincloth often decorated with rosettes, and headband with rosettes. The example here also wears earrings and bracelets. The identity of these figures is difficult to define precisely, but they are probably young men of high rank in some form of service to a deity. In this piece, the head may not belong to the body, but it is typologically accurate.
Sanctuary of Golgoi–Ayios Photios

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Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 169, pp. 106-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine. 2000. Amathonte: Les figurines en terre cuite, archaïques et classiques, les sculptures en pierre, Vol. 5. p. 129, n. 34, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Bonfante, Larissa. 2003. Etruscan Dress. pp. 166-7, fig. 34, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

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