A MONUMENTAL FRAGMENTARY CYPRIOTE LIMESTONE HEAD OF A VOTARY, LATE 7TH/EARLY 6TH CENTURY B.C.A Monumental Fragmentary Cypriote Limestone Head of a Votary
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acquired from the above between 1874-1876 (Anderson Galleries, New York, Cypriote & Classical Antiquities, Duplicates of the Cesnola & Other Collections, Sold by Order of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 30th-31st, 1928, no. 370, illus.)
Allan Frumkin, New York and Chicago, 1960s
The 1928 auction catalogue entry compares the present head to a related one in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 74.51.2857 (J. L. Myres, Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus, 1914, no. 1257, and A. Hermary and J. Mertens, The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art. Stone Sculpture, 2014, no. 1, pp. 28-30: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/242408).
A larger and more naturalistically carved bird of prey with outspread wings appears on another helmeted head in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 74.51.2860, described as possibly a ruler of Idalion: Hermary and Myers, op. cit., no. 23, pp. 45-46: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/242399.
The heads flanking the present one in the 1928 New York sale catalogue photograph are now in the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, obj. nos. SN28.1755(http://emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/objects/22269/head-male?ctx=e0c650b7-aa66-4dd9-9aa3-983b10874c1f&idx=2) and SN28.1920 (http://emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/objects/26678/head-male?ctx=701fc722-a62e-4e50-9ae0-a176af0f6531&idx=29).