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Silver jug

Cypro-Archaic I
7th century B.C.
H. 6 15/16 in. (17.7 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
Jugs of this type were popular in Cyprus from the end of the Geometric through the Archaic period, but only one silver example is known. In the Aegean area, comparable vases probably contained perfumed oil.
This is a unique example in silver of a popular shape for ceramic jugs. The ceramic vases circulated widely in the Aegean.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4586, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1984. "A Greek and Roman Treasury." Bulletin of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 42(1): no. 7, pp. 18–19 .

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. 533, pp. 236, 376, 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. 292, pp. 178-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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