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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1917,0701.233

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 450 BC-425 BC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Sub-Archaic
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • 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of the temenos (Poole and Lang 1878) but see Tatton-Brown 2002 for a complete list of all the material (including the unpublished terracottas).

    Bibliography:
    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Senff 1993 36 & pl. 18, a-g bibliographic details
    • Sculpture C154 bibliographic details
    • Gaber Regional Styles cat. no. 27, p. 115 & pl. 27 bibliographic details
    • SCE IV/2 pl. XVI bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G72

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1917

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1917,0701.233

COMPASS Title: Upper part of a colossal limestone statue of a bearded man

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COMPASS Title: Upper part of a colossal limestone statue of a bearded man

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