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Jug in the Shape of a Barrel

A work made of terracotta, bichrome.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, bichrome.


750-550 BCE



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, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Cypriot


Jug in the Shape of a Barrel


Cyprus (Object made in)


750 BCE–550 BCE


terracotta, bichrome


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

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