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Terracotta jug

Cypro-Archaic I
750–600 B.C.
11 1/16in. (28.1cm) Other (rim): 2 15/16in. (7.5cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
The decoration consists of a bird with a lotos flower that appears to grow from between the wings and an arrow directed upward. Although all of the motifs are frequent on Cypro-Archaic vases in various combinations, the meaning is unknown, The effect, however, is decorative thanks especially to the masterful placement of the bird over the bulbous body of the jug.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 759a, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 38, p. 40, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

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