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Bronze jug

Cypro-Archaic II
ca. 6th century B.C.
H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
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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