H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); diameter 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent deep olive green, appearing opaque black. Rim folded down, over, and in, forming slight inner lip; broad, uneven mouth; cylindrical neck expanding downwards to join squat bulbous body; bottom deeply push in to form hemispherical concavity. Stands aslant. Intact; pinprick bubbles; some pitting and iridescence, with one area of dulling where thick enamel-like brown weathering has flaked off.
Essentially a perfume bottle with a deeply pressed in bottom. When inverted it appears as a 'double-walled' cup, hence this type of vessel has previously been described as an 'egg cup.'
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Kition (modern Larnaka)
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, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXVII,1, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5568, p. 510, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2013. "Metropolitan Müzesi, Cesnola Koleksiyonu’nda Yeralan Kıbrıs Cam Eserleri." Anadolu Antik Cam Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Kaunos/Kbid Toplantıları, 2, C. Gençler Güray, ed. p. 85, Ankara: Bilgin Press.