25 October 2006
A CYPRIOT TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF A FEMALE LYRE PLAYER
6TH CENTURY B.C.
Standing on a low base, holding a lyre in her left arm, her bent right arm at her chest holding a plectrum, wearing large collar necklace, heavy striated fringe, long tresses resting on each shoulder, traces of red colour on hem of robe, vent hole at back, mounted
9½ in. (24 cm.) high
French private collection, acquired in the 1930s; and thence by descent.
Old ink inscribed collection label on base of terracotta.
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Cf. V. Karageorghis et al., Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000, p. 132, no. 198 and pp. 148-9, no. 227 for similar.
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