The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This diminutive amphora is in the "unpainted white ware" style, a descriptive term that calls attention to the plain light colored ground that lacks decoration. Excavation of tombs in Cyprus have brought to light numerous ceramic vessels in this style, suggesting that plain white ware was deemed especially appropriate for burial. Although this amphora is unpainted it exudes an aire of luxury; for its crisp potting, small scale, and smooth white surface may recall vessels made in alabaster, a popular medium in Cyprus.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 968, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.