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Tin-bronze scepter head

Late Cypriot II–III
ca. 1450–1050 B.C.
Bronze, tin
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
The scepter head is topped by three mold-made bull's heads. Bull's heads are common in the art of Late Bronze Age Cyprus. The eyes are inlaid with glass that is not original. On the forehead of each bull is a crescent-shaped inlay; two are carnelian and one is green glass paste. Another tubular piece of the scepter, now missing, was originally above the three bull's heads.
Said to be from the Kourion Treasure

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4771, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1814, p. 458, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 86, pp. 56-57, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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