Exhibitions/ Art Object

Jug with Medallions

6th–8th century
Copper alloy
Overall: 4 15/16 x 4 x 3 3/8 in. (12.5 x 10.2 x 8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The medallions wrapping around the neck of this jug, which was probably used to store liquids, are decorated with images of mounted riders. Such images were associated with the Holy Rider, who warded away evil, as well as with hunters who were identified with abundance and prosperity.
Stavros Ioannides, Thessaloniki (date unknown); [ Hesperia Art, Philadelphia (sold date unknown)]; [ Royal-Athena Galleries, New York (sold 1967)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 160.

Neff, Amy. "Christianity." In Sacred Beauty: A Millennium of Religious Art, 600-1600. Knoxville: Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, 2007. pp. 12-15.

Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th–9th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 57, p. 90.

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