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Terracotta statuette of a seated African (known as Ethiopian) boy

Period:
Late Classical–Early Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Rhodian
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1701
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is mold-made. A very similar figurine from Kameiros, in the British Museum, is dated to the mid-fifth century B.C. on the basis of the pose.
Said to be from Kourion, Cyprus

Strahan, Edward. 1881. "Greek Terra-Cottas from Tanagra and Elsewhere." Scribner's Monthly, 21(5). fig. 12.

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. LXXXII.739, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2320, p. 362, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beardsley, G.M.H. 1929. The Negro in Greek and Roman Civilization: A Study in the Ethiopian Type. no. 16, p. 17, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1988. Blacks in Ancient Cypriot Art. p. 50, fig. 48, no. 48, Houston: Menil Foundation.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 442, pp. 272, 274, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine. 2000. Amathonte: Les figurines en terre cuite, archaïques et classiques, les sculptures en pierre, Vol. 5. p. 105, n. 250, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. no. 413, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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