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Terracotta vase in the form of a bull's head

Period:
Late Minoan II
Date:
ca. 1450–1400 B.C.
Culture:
Minoan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 3/4 x 5 7/16 in. (9.5 x 13.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.35
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
This vase is a type of rhyton, or libation vase. The offering was poured through the hole in the animal's muzzle. The vase was filled either by immersion in a large container or through the hole on the head. Using the principle of the siphon, liquid would not flow out as long as the opening at the top was closed with the thumb.
Reported to have been found in Attica (von Bothmer 1961, p. 22)

From before 1959 and until 1973, collection of Alastair Bradley Martin, New York; acquired in 1973, gift of A.B. Martin.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 98, pp. 22-3, pls. 26, 30, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1973. "One Hundred Third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1972 through June 30, 1973." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 103:

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1975. "Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, : p. 129.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. cat. no. 50, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 14, pp. 38, 411, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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