Two-handled flask

Cypro-Archaic I Period
about 750–600 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 205.


Height: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.) Diameter: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black on Red ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Flaring mouth, narrow neck with ridge, two handles from lower neck to flattened spherical body. Decoration in dull black on red slip. Three bands on neck. On each side of body a central circle, concentric circles, a space with two concentric circles, one at top and one at bottom, then more concentric circles. Beneath each handle three concentric circles connected by horizontal lines and circle chains, and a concentric circle ornament. Ladder pattern on handle exterior. Part of lip restored.


By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for
$ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription