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Male torso with a cord belt

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Torso of a Minoan male athlete or warrior; chest tapers to slim waist, tightly wrapped in a cord belt that snakes up front and back of mid-section. A diagonal strip, now broken, was affixed to the belt's front, representing a sheath and dagger. Break at right shoulder extends to back.


By date unknown: Hans Erlenmeyer Collection, Basel, Switzerland (according to a July 10,1992 invoice from Royal-Athena Galleries); by 1990: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA (Sotheby's auction, London, December 13-14, 1990, lot 160); by 1992: with Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York 10022 (J. M. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient world, vol. 7, pt. 1, no. 199); gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA, September 23, 1992

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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg

Early Aegean, Minoan, Bronze Age, Middle Minoan III - Late Minoan I A, about 1500 B.C.


14 x 9 cm (5 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World