Chlorite miniature bathtub

Period:
Late Bronze Age
Date:
12th or 11th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Chlorite
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 9.5 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5025
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
The bathtub was introduced to Cyprus at the beginning of the twelfth century B.C. with the arrival of the first Aegean settlers. Several real bathtubs of clay and limestone have been found in tombs, where they were used for purification purposes. Miniature bathtubs may have served as substitutes.
“From Amathus”

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3. pl. CXV.2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1544, 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. 122, pp. 74–75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture. no. 633, p. 415, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.