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Terracotta trick vase

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.568
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The spout and neck are in the form of a woman's head. The "trick" in the vase consists of a hole in the underside of the foot. When the opening was unplugged, the contents of the vase would flow out.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 930, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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