Terracotta jug, Terracotta, Cypriot

Terracotta jug

Cypro-Archaic I
ca. 750–600 B.C.
H. 10 9/16 in. (26.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
A bird is depicted with a fish that is probably to be understood as being held in its beak. The placement of the decoration on the vase, the combination of line and mass in articulating the forms, and the evocative use of arrowlike forms indicate a vase-painter of remarkable creativity.
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. CXXVIII.960, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 757, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 39, p.40, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 161, p. 101, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.