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Bronze bowl with handles terminating in lotuses

Period:
Cypro-Geometric III
Date:
ca. 850–750 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm) H. with handles 10 5/8 in. (27 cm) diameter 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5673
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Although the lotus motif came from the East, bronze bowls or basins with lotiform handles seem to have been a Cypriot invention that flourished from the Geometric into the Archaic period. Such large examples are rare. Smaller bowls are more common and exist also in terracotta. Moreover, they were exported to the Levant, the Aegean region, and Italy.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4914, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 533, pp. 200-1, New York: Gilliss Press.

Kallipolitis-Feytmans, Denise. 1979. "La coupe apode à boutons en Attique et le peintre d'Athènes 533." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 103 (1). p. 201 n. 20.

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. 470, pp. 195, 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. 271, pp. 166-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tatton-Brown, Veronica. 2000. "The New Galleries of Cypriot Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Apollo, 152: p. 5, fig. 4.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 277, pp. 238, 461, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stylianou, Andreas and Patrick Schollmeyer. 2007. "Der Sarkophag aus Golgoi." Dynastensarkophage mit szenischen Reliefs aus Byblos und Zypern: Der Sarkophag aus Amathous als Beispiel kontaktinduzierten Wandels, 2. p. 163 n. 1338, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

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