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Terracotta trick vase

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.564
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The vase has the head of a woman and, at its widest point, the muzzle of a bull with a projecting spout for its nose. The container was filled through the foot, which is open, and emptied through the spout. Zoomorphic and anthropomorphic vases had been made on Cyprus since the second millennium B.C. During the Archaic period, vases were often given female attributes. Such works usually occur in tombs but they may first have been used as ritual vessels in sanctuaries.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 931, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): p. 23, fig. 22.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 166, pp. 104-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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