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Bronze jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
ca. 6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5697
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The handle ends above in a snake's head, below in a lion's mask. The lion motif as well as the mouth and foot of the vase are typically Greek, while the jug's form is Cypriot, suggesting that the piece may have been made by a Greek craftsman working on Cyprus.
From Cyprus, from Idalion or Kourion

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4921, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 481, p. 185, New York: Gilliss Press.

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. 552, pp. 249, 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. 283, pp. 174-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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