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Terracotta askos (vessel) in the form of a bird

Period:
Late Cypriot IIIB
Date:
ca. 1200–1050 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/16 in. (16.4 cm) length 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.841
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Three feet with spout and geometric ornament.

Bird askoi were popular in the Aegean and on Cyprus from a very early period.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 529, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 76, p. 54, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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