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Terracotta jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 7 15/16 in. (20.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.512
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The astonishing figure shows a compact body with small hooves, one of a pair of wings, and a human face. The iconographical source is Near Eastern, possibly one of the human-headed composite creatures that figure prominently on readily portable seals. During the period of Assyrian control of Cyprus (ca. 707–612 B.C.) such influence are particularly likely.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 753, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 2, p. 21, fig. 2. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 151, p. 94, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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