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Chlorite amphoriskos (small jar)

Late Bronze Age
early 12th century B.C.
H. 5 3/16 in. (13.1 cm); Diam. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Three signs engraved on the base of the vase are thought to be in Cypro-Minoan script or a very early example of Archaic Phoenician script. Cypro-Minoan script was the form of writing used on Cyprus in the Late Bronze Age. The language is thought to be derived from the Minoan Linear A script of Crete but, like Linear A, it remains undeciphered.
Said to have been purchased at a bazaar in Nicosia

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1877. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. p. 247, London: John Murray.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1540, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1961. Les Inscriptions Chypriotes Syllabiques: Recueil Critique et Commenté. no. 2, p. 40, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Masson, Olivier and Maurice Sznycer. 1972. Recherches sur les Phéniciens à Chypre. pp. 128–30, fig. 129, pls. XIX.1, XXII.2, Geneva/ Paris: Librairie Droz.

Teixidor, Javier. 1976. "The Phoenician Inscriptions of the Cesnola Collection." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 11: no. 26, p. 67 .

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 120, pp. 74–75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 576, p. 402, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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