Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Phoenician-style ewer

Period:
Iron Age
Date:
ca. 7th–6th century B.C.
Geography:
Iberian Peninsula
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
14 in. (35.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Vessels
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 406
Vessels of similar form and construction have been excavated in Cyprus, Italy, and the Iberian Peninsula, with related ceramic examples from Cyprus and the Levant. The piriform shape of this vessel is divided into two sections by a narrow raised band. The convex lower body rests on a hollow ring foot above which the elegant neck gradually tapers into a trefoil lip. A three-ridged handle spouts from a palmette with tendrils and attaches the lower body to the lip. At the top of the handle the three ridges transform into three snake heads, the central one of which extends directly into the vessel. The closest parallel to this ewer is an example from Niebla in Spain, at the Instituto de Valencia de Don Juan, Madrid, which has looped snake heads at the top of the handle.
1945, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Vladimir Gregorievitch Simkhovitch; purchased by Hagop Kevorkian at the auction sale of the Estate of the late Joseph Brummer, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 11-14, 1949, lot 134; acquired by the Museum in 1955, purchased from The Kevorkian Foundation, New York.

"La Méditerranée des Phéniciens de Tyr à Carthage," Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, November 6, 2007–April 20 2008.

Curtis, C. Densmore. 1925. "The Barberini Tomb." In Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome V. Rome: American Academy in Rome, p. 21, pl. 6.

Pareti, Luigi. 1947. La Tomba Regolini-Galassi. Vatican City: Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, pl. xvii.

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. 1949. Part Two of the Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the late Joseph Brummer. Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 11-14, 1949, lot 134, pp. 32-33.

Harden, Donald. 1962. "The Phoenicians." Ancient Peoples and Places, 26. London: Praeger, pl. 53.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1988. Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 445, no. 595.

Maaß-Lindemann, Gerta. 2007. "Le matériel céramique des tombes et la variation d'œnochoés." In La Méditerranée des Phéniciens de Tyr à Carthage, exh. cat. edited by Elisabeth Fontan and Hélène Le Meaux. Paris: Somogy and Institut du Monde Arabe, no. 197, pp. 177, 179, 351.
Related Objects

Harness or bridle fitting (?) in the form of a mistress of animals and waterbirds

Date: ca. 7th–6th century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1999.80a, b On view in:Gallery 406

Pair of bracelets

Date: ca. 5th–4th century B.C. Medium: Gold, amber Accession: 1995.403.3a, b On view in:Gallery 406

Woven strap with a pendant

Date: ca. 5th–4th century B.C. Medium: Gold, amber Accession: 1995.403.2 On view in:Gallery 406

Pair of armlets

Date: ca. 5th–4th century B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 1995.403.4a, b On view in:Gallery 406

Necklace with pendants

Date: ca. 5th–4th century B.C. Medium: Gold, enamel, cinnabar Accession: 1995.403.1 On view in:Gallery 406