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Terracotta lentoid flask

Iron Age
11th century B.C.
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm) thickness 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Both sides of the flask are decorated with goats, birds, and rudimentary foliage. The skeletal character of the birds' wings provides a noteworthy antecedent to the renderings on Cypro-Archaic vases. The origin of this piece has been much discussed. The shape, clay, burnishing, and other technical features have stronger parallels in Levantine than in Cypriot pottery. Indeed, it is probably one of the earliest Phoenician vases imported into Cyprus.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 545, 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. 125, pp. 78-79, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2002. "An Early Pheonician Pilgrim Flask from Cyprus." Da Pyrgi a Mozia: Studi Sull'Archaeologia Del Mediterraneo in Memoria di Antonia Ciasca, : pp. 281-5, Pl. I-II..

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2002. Early Cyprus: Crossroads of the Mediterranean. pl. 303, Los Angeles, California: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 274, pp. 236, 460, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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