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Terracotta jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.510
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
In vase-painting of mainland Greece, floral and foliate ornament is always contained and precise. This jug and 74.51.509 are noteworthy for the almost tropical lushness that envelops the body of the vase and the four figures on it. An elaborate central lotus stalk is flanked by two birds. Behind them, a winged stag grazes on the left, a winged doe turns as she walks away on the right. The stylistic contrast to the hard-edged depictions of birds and fish is noteworthy. It is not clear whether the reason is purely artistic or in some way iconographic.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 752, 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. 40, p. 41, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 158, pp. 98-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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