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Terracotta tripod

Period:
Cypro-Geometric I
Date:
ca. 1050–950 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm) diameter 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.437
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The lozenge and checker motifs evoke the openwork of bronze furnishings. Two of the three legs have figural motifs: a man between two fish and another between two small quadrupeds. This decoration associates the piece with four-sided bronze stands that were made on Cyprus at the very end of the Bronze Age and that combine indigenous and Aegean iconography. Decorated ceramic tripods also preserved features that were adopted in Attic Geometric pottery.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 513, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Langdon, Susan. 1993. From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer no. 61, Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 129, p. 81, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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