Jug in the Shape of a Barrel

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the bichrome technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the bichrome technique.

Date:

750/550 BC

Artist:

Cypriot

About this artwork

Cyprus was an important center for trade and commerce throughout antiquity. By the Late Bronze Age (about 1600–1050BC), the island was producing large quantities of copper, which lured adventurous seafaring merchants to its shores in the hope of exchanging their cargo for the prized metal. Imported goods and migrant artists profoundly influenced Cypriot potters and painters, who began to create and decorate their wares differently. New products served the Cypriots’ domestic and ritual needs or made their way on outbound ships to distant lands, where they in turn inspired local artists.


A container for liquids, this vase features an elliptical body with a nipple at both ends and a vertical handle rising from the shoulder to the neck. It is decorated in bichrome (two-color) technique against a light background. The body is encircled with vertical rings of black and broad bands of reddish brown. The middle of the body features a band of concentric circles.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Cypriote

Title

Jug in the Shape of a Barrel

Origin

Cyprus

Date

750 BC–550 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the bichrome technique

Dimensions

32.4 × 33 × 24.4 cm (12 3/4 × 13 × 9 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1926.435

Extended information about this artwork

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