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Terracotta jug

Period:
Middle Cypriot III
Date:
ca. 1725–1600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1237
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
This type of jug, with a long, narrow neck and funnel spout, most likely was used to hold perfumed oils. The shape and decoration were probably inspired by Tell-el-Yahudieh jugs. The shape is the most common of Black Slip III Ware, which, with its thin walls and metallic quality, is a precursor of Base Ring Ware pottery of the Late Cypriot period.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 168, 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. 46, p. 35, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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