Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bronze handles and rim of a cauldron

Late Bronze Age
ca. 1300–1050 B.C.
H. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm) diameter of rim 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Metal kraters with decorated rims and handles are extremely rare. The body of the vessel to which these were originally attached has not survived. The fine metalwork is quite worn and exhibits a mixture of influences from East and West characteristic of Cypriot manufacture. The demonlike figures on the handles are Near Eastern in origin, although they display strong Aegean stylistic influence.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4703, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 620, pp. 22-24, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 17, 170, pl. 10b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Matthäus, Hartmut. 1985. Metallgefässe und Gefässuntersätze der Bronzezeit, der geometrischen und archaischen Periode auf Cypern: mit einem Anhang der bronzezeitlichen Schwertfunde auf Cypern, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, Abteilung II Bd. 8. cat. 528, pp. 230, 376, München: Beck.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 95, pp. 58-59, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Demetriou, A. 2000. "The Successors of Agamemnon in Cyprus?." Third International Congress of Cypriot Studies p. 433-4, figs. 3.1-2.

Schorsch, Deborah and Elizabeth Hendrix. 2003. "Ambition and competence in Late Bronze Age Cyprus." Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus (RDAC), : p. 59, figs. 3a-c.

Schorsch, Deborah. 2003. "The production of relief ornament on Cypriot bronze castings of the late Bronze Age." Archaeometallurgy in Europe, 2. pp. 47-58, fig. 2, Milan: Historical Metallurgy Society.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 270, pp. 233, 459, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. p. 40, fig. 21, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Weingarten, Judith. 2010. "Some MINOAN Minoan-Genii on LC III Cyprus." Researches in Cypriote History and Archaeology: Proceedings of the Meeting Held in Florence, April 29-30th 2009 p. 95.

Koehl, Robert. 2013. Amilla. The Quest for Excellence. Studies Presented to Guenter Kopcke in Celebration of His 75th Birthday pp. 297-99, figs. 19.9, 19.10, 19.24, 19.25, Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press.

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