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Terracotta vase in the form of an animal

Period:
Cypro-Geometric I
Date:
1050–950 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.784
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The vase appears to be a variant of the askos, a bag-shaped flask with one spout and a handle over the top. While askoi often take the form of birds, the animal here appears to be a quadruped and is equipped with two spouts.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 532, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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