Bronze bowl with handles terminating in lotuses

Period: Cypro-Geometric III

Date: ca. 850–750 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
H. with handles 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
diameter 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.5673


Although the lotus motif most likely derived from the Near East, bronze bowls with handles terminating in lotuses may have originated on Cyprus. Many of them have been found in Cypriot tombs dating to the Geometric period, although bowls with lotus-flower handles also have been unearthed in the Levant, the Aegean, Italy, and, most recently, on Crete. Large bronze bowls, such as this one, are rare. Smaller ones, which were made in Phoenicia and exported to Cyprus, are more common and exist also in terracotta.