Bronze bowl with handles terminating in lotuses

Period: Cypro-Geometric III

Date: ca. 850–750 B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
H. with handles 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
diameter 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

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

Accession Number: 74.51.5673


Although the lotus motif came from the East, bronze bowls or basins with lotiform handles seem to have been a Cypriot invention that flourished from the Geometric into the Archaic period. Such large examples are rare. Smaller bowls are more common and exist also in terracotta. Moreover, they were exported to the Levant, the Aegean region, and Italy.