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Terracotta bowl

Period:
Late Cypriot I
Date:
ca. 1600–1450 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
diameter 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1348
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
This type of bowl is the most popular shape in this ware and has been found at numerous sites around the eastern Mediterranean. It is usually called a "milk bowl," although the exact purpose of these containers is unknown. Since they could not be sealed, the presumably were not exported for their contents and may have been popular for aesthetic reasons or because their hard and impermeable surfaces made them suitable containers for hot liquids.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 292, 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. 48, p. 37, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos. 2002. Early Cyprus: Crossroads of the Mediterranean. pl. 74, Los Angeles, California: J. Paul Getty Museum.

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