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Terracotta bowl

Early or Middle Bronze Age
ca. 2500–1600 B.C.
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm) diameter 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Bowl with handle and two spouts.

Red Polished Ware vessels, such as this bowl, made their appearance at the very beginning of the Early Cypriot I period, having been introduced by immigrants from Anatolia who settled on the island soon after the middle of the third millennium B.C. The surface was covered with a red slip, which was then burnished to render a lustrous appearance. The small rosettes and incisions on the handle, filled with lime after firing, lend a striking contrast to the red background of the vase.
Cypriot Red Polished Ware has long been known from finds in tombs throughout the island, and has recently appeared at settlement sites as well. The shapes and decorations on vessels, like this double-spouted bowl, highlight the creative spirit of the Cypriot potter, showing the artist's sense of elegance and geometric symmetry.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1, 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. 22, p. 29, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 261, pp. 226, 457, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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