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Limestone statuette of a temple boy

ca. 350–300 B.C.
Overall: 9 1/4 x 7 x 2 1/2 in. (23.5 x 17.8 x 6.4 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
He sits on an elliptical plinth. His left foot is also stretched downwards and holds a bird, whose head is missing. He wears a short sleeved chiton that reaches his ankles. Thick bands are painted on his sides and legs. His necklace is painted red and contains a triandular pendant that rests on his chest. He wears a wreath around his head. His curly hair is grooved and painted red.
From Cyprus “Found in the ruins of a temple at Curium”

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. CXXXI.977, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1205, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beer, Cecilia. 1994. Temple-Boys: A Study of Cypriote Votive Sculpture, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 113. pp. 55-62, pls. 115, 116a-b, Jonsered: Paul Aströms Förlag.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): pp. 21-2, fig. 16.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 363, p. 230, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

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