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Bronze tripod

Late Cypriot II or III
ca. 1450–1050 B.C.
H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) diameter of rim 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
This small vessel stand was cast from a mold. Most known examples of cast tripods come from tombs and sanctuaries.
From Cyprus; said to be from Idalion

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4705, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1181, p. 348, New York: Gilliss Press.

Catling, H. W. 1984. "Workshop and Heirloom: Prehistoric Bronze Stands in the East Mediterranean." Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus (RDAC), : p. 85, pl. VIII:4.

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. 701, pp. 311, 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. 97, p. 61, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Schorsch, Deborah and Elizabeth Hendrix. 2003. "Ambition and competence in Late Bronze Age Cyprus." Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus (RDAC), : p. 62, fig. 9.

Schorsch, Deborah. 2003. "The production of relief ornament on Cypriot bronze castings of the late Bronze Age." Archaeometallurgy in Europe, 2. pp. 47-58, fig. 3, Milan: Historical Metallurgy Society.

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