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Terracotta statuette of Hyakinthos on a swan

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/16 in. (13.1 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
In Greek myth, Hyakinthos was a beautiful youth whom Apollo loved but killed accidentally while throwing a diskos. The young man is often shown riding a swan, the bird of Apollo.
Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hyakinthos, no. 29, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: n. 17 [p. 8].

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