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Bronze water spouts in the form of lion masks

Period:
Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial
Date:
ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 100
Culture:
Greek or Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
.5677: 5 1/8in. (13cm)
.5678: 5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (13 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5677, .5678
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Impressive water spouts such as this must have adorned a monumental public fountain-house (nymphaeum), probably in one of the more important Cypriot cities.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5015, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 406, pp. 166-67, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 462, p. 283, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2000. "The New Cypriot Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Minerva, 11(3): p. 23, fig. 25.

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