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Terracotta vase in the form of a bull

Period:
Late Cypriot II
Date:
ca. 1450–1200 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; handmade
Dimensions:
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.825
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Cattle were introduced to Cyprus early in the second millennium B.C. Bulls first appear in Cypriot art around 1900 B.C. and thereafter become prominent iconographic symbols, perhaps with religious significance.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 391, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 22, pp. 27, 252, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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