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Jug with twisted handle

Cypro-archaic Period
about 700–600 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 186.


29.8 x 18.8 cm (11 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, imitation Bichrome IV Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Plastic handle is modern, also the design showing two men in a chariot.

See references below.
E. Robinson, Catalogue of Greek Etruscan and Roman Vases (1893, p. 85, no. 195):
“The upper part of the handle (modern) is rudely modelled into the head of a goat. The entire handle is covered with a lustrous reddish brown (modern). The principal design (modern) is copied from that on a unique Cyprian vase in the British Museum, published by Perrot and Chipiez, Histoire de l’art dans l’Antiquité, Vol. III, figures 527, 528, and represents a chariot, drawn by one horse galloping to left, and occupied by two men, one of whom is shooting an arrow to the rear. In all details the design is like its prototype.”

Plastic handle and painted horse and chariot scene also published as modern in A. Fairbanks, Catalogue of Greek and Etruscan Vases I: Early Vases, Preceding Athenian Black-Figured Wares (MFA, 1928, p. 55, no. 186).


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