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Two fragments of a limestone sarcophagus lid with snakes

Period:
Classical
Date:
first half of the 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 7/8 x 11 1/4 x 7 in. (17.5 x 28.6 x 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2615
Not on view
The two nonjoining fragments belong to the lid of a large sarcophagus with a molded edge. There is the coiled body of a snake on each fragment.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. XXVII.91, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1110, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1990. Vol. 5: Herakles-Kenchrias. Herakles (Cypri), no. 29, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture. no. 492, p. 371, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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