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Terracotta lentoid flask

Period:
Late Cypriot
Date:
ca. 1600–1050 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1312
  • Description

    A sign that may be in the undeciphered Cypro-Minoan script was engraved near the base of the handle before firing. There is little evidence for direct contact between Crete and Cyprus when the syllabic script Cypro-Minoan was first adopted around 1500 B.C. The transference of Minoan script to Cyprus from Crete probably occurred at a site on the coast of Syria, where both Cypriots and Minoans had active commercial relations.

  • Provenance

    From Cyprus

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 376.

    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. 68, pp. 44-45.

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