"Cesnola Antiquities"
Luigi Palma di Cesnola
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Terracotta vase (13th century BC) from the Cesnola Collection
Creative Commons AttributionTerracotta vase (13th century BC) from the Cesnola Collection - Credit: Ancient Art

The 'Cesnola Antiquities' is the name given to a wide-ranging collection of ancient Cypriot artifacts which were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 1874 and 1876.

The collection had been put together by the Italian-born amateur archaeologist and soldier Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904) while he was the United States consul in Cyprus. Cesnola was appointed first director of the Metropolitan Museum in 1879.

Limestone sarcophagus (5th century BC) from the Cesnola Collection
Creative Commons AttributionLimestone sarcophagus (5th century BC) from the Cesnola Collection - Credit: Xuan Che