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Silver bowl

ca. 675–625 B.C.
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm) diameter 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
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."
Inscription: Cypriot syllabic inscription: "I am the bowl of Epiorwos, son of Dies."
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4552, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Masson, Olivier. 1980. "Kypriaka, XIII–XIV." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 104(1): pp. 225–31, fig. 1.

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

Matthäus, Hartmut. 1985. Metallgefässe und Gefässuntersätze der Bronzezeit, der geometrischen und archaischen Periode auf Cypern: mit einem Anhang der bronzezeitlichen Schwertfunde auf Cypern, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, Abteilung II Bd. 8. cat. 437, pp. 167, 376, pl. 41, 437, München: Beck.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 302, p. 185, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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