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Chlorite amphoriskos (small jar)

Period:
Late Bronze Age
Date:
early 12th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Chlorite
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/16 in. (13.1 cm); Diam. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5057a
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

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

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, Myres 1540, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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