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Terracotta woman carrying a jar

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; wheel-made and hand-made
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1617
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Wheel-made and hollow, the woman carries on her head a two-handled jar that she steadies with raised hands. There is no hole between jar and head. The piece is one of approximately fifteen comparable representations. We do not know if they had special significance.
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XX.154, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2033, p. 339, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 173, pl. 13j, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus. 1968. Über einige gegenständliche Bedeutungsmöglichkeiten des frühgriechischen Ornaments. Abhandlungen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Klasse., Vol. 7. p. 324, Mainz: Verlag der K.B. Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 5, p. 92. Paul Aströms Förlag.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1998. The Coroplastic Art of Ancient Cyprus: The Cypro-archaic period small female figurines, Vol. 5(A). no. I(iii)10, p. 19, pl. XIII.1, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 263, pp. 162–63, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 159, pp. 94–95, 258–59, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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