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Terracotta jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.508
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The front of the jug is decorated with the head of a man wearing a horned helmet. Male figures, probably deities, with horns are familiar in Cypriot art from late prehistoric times, about the thirteenth and twelfth centuries B.C. It is unclear whether the head here refers to a later manifestation of a similar god or whether it represents a contemporary Cypriot warrior.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 714, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 152, p. 94, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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