"The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art" by Christopher Lightfoot

The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art Terracotta Oil Lamps Christopher Lightfoot

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
09 Mar 2021
ISBN:
9781588397249
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
320 pages: 279 x 216mm
Illustrations:
700 color illus.

This publication, the fourth in a series that meticulously catalogues works in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art, focuses on the collection’s 453 terracotta oil lamps dating from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine periods. The rich iconography on many of these common, everyday objects provides a rare look into daily life on Cyprus in antiquity and highlights the island’s participation in Roman artistic and cultural production. Each lamp is illustrated, and the accompanying text addresses typology, decoration, and makers’ marks on each of these objects. Although these small, utilitarian oil lamps are often overlooked in scholarly studies of the classical world, this close examination reveals their social, cultural, and artistic contexts, which provide new insights into art, craft, and trade in the ancient Mediterranean.

Christopher S. Lightfoot is an independent scholar and was formerly curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.