Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup with high vertical handles)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
mid-6th century B.C.
Culture:
East Greek or Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.369
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The origin of this unique vase has been difficult to pinpoint. In the eastern Aegean area, including Samos and Rhodes, vases in the shape of figures enjoyed considerable popularity during the Archaic period. The grainy quality of the clay and the matte glaze suggest that the kantharos is a Cypriot work inspired by eastern Greek models.
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. CL.1110, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 773, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 164, p. 103, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.