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Terracotta lentoid flask

Late Cypriot
ca. 1600–1050 B.C.
H. 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
A sign that may be in the undeciphered Cypro-Minoan script was engraved near the base of the handle before firing. There is little evidence for direct contact between Crete and Cyprus when the syllabic script Cypro-Minoan was first adopted around 1500 B.C. The transference of Minoan script to Cyprus from Crete probably occurred at a site on the coast of Syria, where both Cypriots and Minoans had active commercial relations.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 376, 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. 68, pp. 44-45, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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