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Terracotta jug with a pitcher-spout

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
310–150 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.544
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This jug is a variation on a type of Cypriot vessel that has a figurine holding the oinochoe, which serves as its spout. Despite the absence of such a figure, which when present often helps to date jugs of this kind, the overall form of the pitcher identifies it as a product of the Hellenistic period. The wreaths and fillets painted on the white-slip ground are funerary motifs often seen on white ground lekythoi, vases specifically used as grave gifts. Of particular interest are the small clay "rivets" visible at the top of the back handle, which relates this clay jug to a metal prototype.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 943, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 130, 270, pl. 110c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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