Terracotta lentoid flask

Period: Iron Age

Date: 11th century B.C.

Culture: Levantine

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
thickness 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

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

Accession Number: 74.51.431


Both sides of the flask are decorated with goats, birds, and rudimentary foliage. The skeletal character of the birds' wings provides a noteworthy antecedent to the renderings on Cypro-Archaic vases. The origin of this piece has been much discussed. The shape, clay, burnishing, and other technical features have stronger parallels in Levantine than in Cypriot pottery. Indeed, it is probably one of the earliest Phoenician vases imported into Cyprus.