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Bronze bowl

8th century B.C.
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm) diameter 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
The repoussé and incised decoration represents a cult scene. A procession of dancers and three musicians approaches an enthroned goddess holding a large flower. The two offering tables before her bear a large bowl of fruit and containers for liquid offerings. A priestess stands between the tables.
From Dhali, Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4561, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 535, pp. 201-2, New York: Gilliss Press.

Sophocleous, Sophocles. 1985. ""Atlas des représentations chypro-archaiques des divinités." Master's Diss.." Master's Diss. no. 1, p. 110, pl. XXVII.3. Paul Aströms Förlag.

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. 423, pp. 161, 376, pl. 33, 423, München: Beck.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 1999. "A Cypriot Silver Bowl Reconsidered: I The Iconography of the Decoration." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 34: p. 15 n. 13.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 306, pp. 187-8, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Jacqueline. 2005. Kypris: the Aphrodite of Cyprus: Ancient Sources and Archaeological Evidence. pp. 58–9, 188–89, figs. 46, 241, Nicosia, Cyprus: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2006. Aspects of Everyday Life in Cyprus: Iconographic Representations. cat. n. 84, p. 113, Nicosia: Foundation Anasatasios G. Leventis.

Aruz, Joan and Michael Seymour. 2016. Assyria to Iberia : Art and Culture in the Iron Age pp. 19–21, fig. 9a, b, New York.

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