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Silver bowl

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 675–625 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm) diameter 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4552
  • Description

    Executed entirely by chasing, without repoussé, the center of the bowl is ornamented with a rosette and a zone of papyrus. The outer frieze consists of predominantly Egyptianizing motifs: sphinxes and griffins flanking lotuses, hawks, winged snakes, a sphinx holding an ankh (the symbol of life), and varied flora. Below a large water bird with extended wings appears the Cypriot syllabic inscription
    "I am the bowl of Epiorwos, son of Dies."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Cypriot syllabic inscription: "I am the bowl of Epiorwos, son of Dies."

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4552.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 42(1): no. 11, pp. 6, 20-21 .

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