Terracotta jug

Period: Late Cypriot I

Date: ca. 1600–1450 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.1084


This tall elegant jug is a Base Ring Ware vessel, characterized by a ring base and thin, hard walls that exhibit a metallic quality. The neck and body are decorated in relief with narrow bands and scrolls grooved to look like ropes. Base Ring Ware vases were handmade and produced over a long period, beginning around 1600 B.C. and continuing into the first half of the twelfth century B.C.