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Terracotta lagynos (oil flask)

Late Hellenistic
150–50 B.C.
Terracotta; Painted White Ware
h. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The late Hellenistic date of this lagynos is suggested by its shape, characterized by a long neck and wide base, which evolved from an earlier type of flask with a narrow neck and oval body . By contrast, the decorative scheme of this vessel cannot be used as an accurate criterion for dating, since it is merely a continuation of the "painted white ware" technique used on cypriot pottery since the eighth century.
from Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 960, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 130, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Lund, John. 2015. A Study of the Circulation of Ceramics in Cyprus from the 3rd Century BC to the 3rd Century AD, Gösta Enbom Monographs, 5. no. 162, pp. 82–4, 258, fig. 57, Bristol, CT: Aarhus University Press.

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