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Terracotta lagynos (pitcher)

late 2nd–early 1st century B.C.
8 7/8in. (22.5cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Jug of fine light clay, with angular body, laurel-wreath.

The Greek word "KITIAC" (Kitias) painted above the wreath of laurel leaves and berries is probably a woman's name. These vessels are associated particularly with women's festivals and gatherings.
Inscription: Painted on neck: "Kitias"
Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1878. Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples. A Narrative of Researches and Excavations During Ten Years' Residence in That Island. p. 40, New York: Harper & Brothers.

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. no. 1067, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 958, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1984. "Noms de femmes sur des Lagynoi Chypriotes." Annual Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus for the year 1984 (RDAC), : pp. 231–32.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 452, p. 279, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Yon, Marguerite. 2004. Kition-Bamboula V. Kition Dans Les Textes: Testimonia litteraires et epigraphiques et corpus des inscriptions., V. p. 273, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Lund, John. 2015. A Study of the Circulation of Ceramics in Cyprus from the 3rd Century BC to the 3rd Century AD, Gösta Enbom Monographs, 5. no. 112, pp. 80, 255, fig. 49, Bristol, CT: Aarhus University Press.

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