Cycladic; Keros–Syros culture
Marble; H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Gift of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, 2001 (2001.766)
In addition to numerous marble figurines, the Keros-Syros culture (ca. 27002400/2300 B.C.) in the Cyclades produced particularly fine marble vessels that reveal a mastery of the material and an appreciation of form. This marble spouted bowl is distinguished by its unusually large size, the thinness of its walls, and the delicate articulation of the spout in the front and the horizontal lug in the back. It stands securely but also fits the hand perfectly for pouring water, oil, or perhaps even paint, since traces of color remain on some of the forty preserved examples.