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Silver jug

Period:
Cypro-Geometric III–Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4592
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
This form of jug represents one of the earliest of numerous variants that originated among the Phoenicians during the ninth century B.C. On Cyprus, it is well attested in terracotta. Throughout the Mediterranean, however, it also circulated widely in bronze and silver.

Jugs of this globular shape originated in the Phoenician world of the ninth century B.C. The form was also made in ceramic and bronze.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4592, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 5, p. 18 .

Matthäus, Hartmut. 1985. Metallgefässe und Gefässuntersätze der Bronzezeit, der geometrischen und archaischen Periode auf Cypern: mit einem Anhang der bronzezeitlichen Schwertfunde auf Cypern, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, Abteilung II Bd. 8. cat. 538, pp. 238, 376, München: Beck.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 291, pp. 178-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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