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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • 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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 450 BC-425 BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

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of the temenos (Poole and Lang 1878) but see Tatton-Brown 2002 for a complete list of all the material (including the unpublished terracottas).

    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


  • 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


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


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


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

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