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Ancient Near and Middle East
VOTIVE HEAD
Phoenicia ­/ Cyprus / Lebanon ­/ Syria ­

Ex Boston Fine Art Museum

 

Object :
Nº 1763
Medium :
Stone
Dimensions :
Height: 13.3 cm (5.2’’)
Bibliography :
M.B. Comstock-C.C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone. The Greek, Romain and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Cat. Boston (Boston 1976) n° 437 with illustration

Head in white limestone, sculpted in the round. The statue is typical of the art of Cyprus. It wears an olive or laurel wreath above the curls over his forehead. There is a krobylos at the nape of the neck. Large, almond-shaped eyes in relief below gently curved eyebrows typical of the archaic style. Slightly protruding chin. Traces of colour on the left pupil and lips. Wreath, hair above forehead and face slightly wom. Part of a statuettte it was probably a votive offering.

Cyprus, a colony belonging first to Phenicia and Greece, then was under Alexander the great supremacy. The style of Chyprus statues mixes an inheritage of many different styles coming from all around Mediterranea: assirian, Egyptian and Greek. The General Luigi de Cesnola was an archeologist and diplomatic. Staying for five years in the island of Cyprus, he discovered in 1868 the necropoly of Fenicia composed of more than 8000 tombs. Many of his artefacts are now belonging to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.