Terracotta head of a man

Period: Cypro-Archaic II

Date: ca. 600 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.1458


This mold-made head was once part of a large-scale terracotta statue of a male figure. By the seventh century B.C., Cypriot sculptors used molds for the heads of large clay sculptures, a process that enabled them to produce facial features more accurately. This bearded head has large ridged eyes, a prominent nose, and "feathered" eyebrows, all common characteristics of Cypriot sculpture from this period. Abundant color accentuates the facial features, hair, and helmet. The relatively small mouth with a hint of an Archaic smile reveals the influence of Greek sculpture.