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Limestone statue of a bearded votary, probably male (but anatolomiacal features very indistinct), dtressed in Ionian Greek style; the figure is standing, facing forward with both arms by the sides with clenched fists (hands very schematically rendered); the body is broken away below the line of the knee; oval face with a slender nose and impassive mouth; oval eyes bulging forward from the sockets but with a flattened surface; the hair is arranged in three plaits on each side of the head syrface offrom the d. h her arms by the sides of the body; broken away below knees.
- Production date
- 550BC (circa)
Height: 33.50 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- This type is a fusion of older Egyptian models with East Greek influence that appears in the later sixth century BC (and related to the development of the 'Cypro-Ionian' style in workshops outside the island: see Hermary 2009 for a modern definition and discussion). Here the very limited details of the body and the costume - the tunic (chiton) and cloak (himation) of the Greek models is not very obvious - might suggest that this is an early or experimental example. See Hermary and Aruz 2014, 75 (and following) for examples from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hermary A. 1989, Musée du Louvre. Catalogue des antiquités de Chypre. Sculpture (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux).
Hermary A. 2009, 'The Ionian styles in Cypriot sculpture of the sixth century B.C', in V. Karageorghis and O. Kouka (eds), Cyprus and the East Aegean: intercultural contacts from 3000 to 500 BC (Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation), 244–51.
Hermary A. and Aruz J. 2014, The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot art (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The registration group GR 1910,6-20.1-23 was originally deposited on loan at the BM in 1886, part of the collection of antiquities loaned by Warren to the Cyprus Court of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London the same year (see Lang 1886, 36-8). Following his death in Canada in 1910, his executors sold the deposited material to the Trustees for £15 (see GR Trustees Reports, 3 May, 1910; information also in the GR Register for this group). A terracotta figurine, registered as 1910,6-20.22, was returned to the Cyprus Museum a few years later as it had been mistakenly sent to the British Museum with Warren's material. Not everything in the group purchased in 1910 was registered by the British Museum: the duplicate items from Tamassos donated to museum/college collections in the United Kingdom (in Aberystwyth, Dublin, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and possibly other places) also appear to have come from the original group of items loaned by Warren.
Lang R.H. 1886, Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886. Handbook to Cyprus (with map of island) and catalogue of the exhibits (London).
- Greek and Roman
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