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Limestone statue of Artemis with quiver and fawn

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 1/2 x 6 x 3 3/4in. (49.5 x 15.2 x 9.5cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2738
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The goddess wears a long, belted chiton, partially hiding the shod feet. A large overfold falls to the top of the thighs. There is red paint on the shoulders, the breasts, and the sides. Behind the left shoulder, a baldric holds a thick quiver that is broken at the top. The right arm was at the side of the body, the hand may have held a bow. At the level of the abdomen, the left hand holds a fawn or a lamb, the feet of which are bent and the floppy ears painted red.
Said to be from the temple at Pyla, Cyprus

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1245, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. Greek God and Heroes in Ancient Cyprus. p. 182, fig. 131, Athens: Commerical Bank of Greece.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture. no. 359, p. 265, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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