Originally introduced from the Levant, this type of pottery became very popular in Cyprus. The finely made Cypriot wares were widely exported and copied in Aegean centers. General Cesnola presented the vase to Mrs. John Taylor Johnston, wife of the Museum's first president and mother of Mrs. de Forest.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 133, pp. 82-83, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.