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The New Cypriot Galleries



Colossal head of a bearded figure wearing a conical helmet, Beginning of the 6th century B.C. • Limestone; H. 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm) • Said to be from near the temple at Golgoi • The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription 1874–76
Colossal head of a bearded figure wearing a conical helmet, Beginning of the 6th century B.C.
Limestone; H. 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm)
Said to be from near the temple at Golgoi
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription 1874–76
The New Cypriot Galleries
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  Ongoing
 
With the opening of the new Cypriot Galleries, a selection of 600 outstanding works from the Museum's Cesnola Collection—comprising approximately 6,000 sculptures, bronzes, vases, terracottas, gems, glass, and jewelry from Cyprus dating from ca. 2500 B.C. to ca. A.D. 300—returns to public view. The collection was acquired by Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832–1904) while he was serving as American consul in Cyprus and was purchased by the newly formed Metropolitan Museum between 1874 and 1876; in 1879, Cesnola was named the Museum’s first director. The reinstallation of this major collection, the finest outside of Cyprus, marks the end of Phase II in the renovation of the Greek and Roman Art Galleries.

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