Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high vertical handles)
mid-6th century B.C.
East Greek or Cypriot
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The origin of this unique vase has been difficult to pinpoint. In the eastern Aegean area, including Samos and Rhodes, vases in the shape of figures enjoyed considerable popularity during the Archaic period. The grainy quality of the clay and the matte glaze suggest that the kantharos is a Cypriot work inspired by eastern Greek models.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 773, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 164, p. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.