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Terracotta jug

Period:
Cypro-Archaic I
Date:
ca. 750–600 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.539
  • Description

    A horse without any harness moves to the right. On his back stands a small figure wearing a garment around his lower body. Representations of horses, horsemen, carts, and chariots are quite common in Cypriot Archaic art, indicating that these were familiar subjects observed firsthand. Unusual as it may seem, the figure on the animal's back recalls genies, winged and wingless, who are ultimately of eastern origin and appear in various contexts in the Greek world. This individual may have counterparts in an Attic representation of the stables of Poseidon by the Amasis Painter (Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery, 1989.281.62).

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 768.

    Karageorghis, Vassos, Dr. Joan R. Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 153, p. 95.

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