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Terracotta jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 9 15/16 in. (25.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.503
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.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 754, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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.

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