The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Birds represent a frequent motif on this class of jugs with so-called free-field decoration. The variety in the birds' articulation is noteworthy, although the recurrent basic species is characterized by a rather large body, a long neck with pronounced beak, and wiry talons. Here the figure appears in front of a lotus flower.
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Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 2. p. 642, fig. 871, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 160, p. 101, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.