Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone male figure in Egyptian dress

2nd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
H. 53 3/4 in. (136.5 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
The figure wears a wig, a relatively simple belt, and a kilt. Decoration on the tunic and central panel of the kilt are very worn. The articulation of the eyebrows and mustache is comparable to that of the terracotta heads nearby; the softness of the limestone allowed details to be articulated much the same way as in clay. An inscription in the Cypriot syllabary on the worshiper's left forearm reads, "I am [the statue] of Tamigoras [Timagoras?]."
Inscription: In Cypriot syllabary: "I am (the statue) of Tamigoras" on left forearm
Golgoi–Ayios Photios, “West of the Temple”

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Faegersten, Fanni. 2003. The Egyptianizing Male Limestone Statuary from Cyprus: a study of a cross-cultural eastern Mediterranean votive type. no. 24, p. 347, pls. 7.1, 27, Lund, Sweden: Lund University, Museum of Classical Antiquities.

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Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture. no. 49, pp. 59, 65, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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