Bowl

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Late Bronze Age, about 1450/1200 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.

This hemispherical bowl has a single handle in the shape of a wishbone. Sometimes called a “milk bowl,” it is coated with white slip and painted with dark brown patterns. Cypriot vases decorated in this technique were widely exported around the Mediterranean.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Cypriote

Title

Bowl

Origin

Cyprus

Date

1450 BC–1200 BC

Medium

terracotta

Dimensions

11 × 24.3 × 18 cm (4 1/4 × 9 5/8 × 7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1905.350

Extended information about this artwork

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