Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. Make a donation.

Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta tripod

Cypro-Geometric I
ca. 1050–950 B.C.
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm) diameter 5 13/16 in. (14.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The lozenge and checker motifs evoke the openwork of bronze furnishings. Two of the three legs have figural motifs: a man between two fish and another between two small quadrupeds. This decoration associates the piece with four-sided bronze stands that were made on Cyprus at the very end of the Bronze Age and that combine indigenous and Aegean iconography. Decorated ceramic tripods also preserved features that were adopted in Attic Geometric pottery.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 513, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Langdon, Susan. 1993. From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer no. 61, Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 129, p. 81, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Bronze rod tripod

Date: ca. 1250–1050 B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 74.51.5684 On view in:Gallery 173

Terracotta jug

Date: ca. 400–323 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.573 On view in:Gallery 175

Terracotta jug

Date: ca. 750–600 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.509 On view in:Gallery 174

Terracotta zoomorphic askos (vessel) with antlers

Date: ca. 1725–1600 B.C. Medium: Terracotta Accession: 74.51.795 On view in:Gallery 173

Chlorite tripod

Date: ca. 1450–1050 B.C. Medium: Chlorite Accession: 74.51.5055 On view in:Gallery 173