Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta jug with a pitcher-spout

310–150 B.C.
h. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This jug is a variation on a type of Cypriot vessel that has a figurine holding the oinochoe, which serves as its spout. Despite the absence of such a figure, which when present often helps to date jugs of this kind, the overall form of the pitcher identifies it as a product of the Hellenistic period. The wreaths and fillets painted on the white-slip ground are funerary motifs often seen on white ground lekythoi, vases specifically used as grave gifts. Of particular interest are the small clay "rivets" visible at the top of the back handle, which relates this clay jug to a metal prototype.
From Cyprus

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. CXXXVI.996, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 943, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 130, 270, pl. 110c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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