- Museum number
Upper part of a colossal limestone statue of a bearded man, a worshipper or possibly a priest. The complete statue, at least 2m tall, depicted a standing figure in a frontal pose; he wears pleated tunic (chiton) and over the left shoulder a cloak (himation) with a zig-zag fold on the border. The stump of the right arm is preserved at an angle indicating it extended outwards; the preserved top of a laurel where the left arm emerges from the cloak suggests it was orignially held by the side. The man wears a laurel wreath and a band decorated flowers on his head. The beard consists of five rows of snail-curls - broken on each side by moustache rendered with incised lines - below which are zig-zag curls. Pronounced cheek-bones and nose; the eyes are defined by ridges; the face is shown with a slight smile.
- Production date
- 450 BC-425 BC
Height: 1.04 metres
- Curator's comments
- See Hermary 2005 for a definitive discussion of the dating and stylistic connections of this sculpture (with key bibliography). Senff 1993 provides a comprehensive account of the sculpture from the sanctuary of Apollo-Reshef, and a discussion of the temenos (Poole and Lang 1878) but see Tatton-Brown 2002 for a complete list of all the material (including the unpublished terracottas).
Hermary A. 2005, 'Les derniers temps du royaume d'Idalion et son annexion par Kition. Le témoignage des sculptures', CCEC 35 (2005), 99-126.
Poole S. and Lang R.H. 1878, 'Narrative of excavations in a temple at Dali (Idalium) in Cyprus', Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature 11 (2nd series), 30-54.
Senff R. 1993, Das Apolloheiligtum von Idalion. Architektur und Statuenausstattung eines zyprischen Heiligtums. SIMA XCIV (Jonsered).
Tatton-Brown V. 2002, 'The kingdom of Idalion. Lang's excavations in the British Museum', CCEC 32 (2002), 243-256
- Bibliographic references
Sculpture / Catalogue of Greek Sculpture in the British Museum (C154)
Gaber Regional Styles / Regional styles in Cypriote sculpture. The sculpture from Idalion (cat. no. 27, p. 115 & pl. 27)
SCE IV/2 / The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Vol. IV. Part 2. The Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic and Cypro-Classical periods. (pl. XVI)
Senff 1993 / Das Apolloheiligtum von Idalion. Architektur und Statuenausstattung eines zyprischen Heiligtums. (pp. 10, 11, 13, 36, 37, 38, 59, 72, 73, 74, 83; pl. 18,a-g)
- On display (G72)
- Acquisition date
- 1872-3 (Acquired from Lang in 1872-3 but re-registered in 1917)
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number