Two-handled cup

Cypro-Geometric III Period
about 850–700 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 181.


Height: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.) Diameter: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Bichrome III Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Deep cup on low footed stem, two loop handles. Decoration in dark brown and red on pale slip. Interior has red band at lip, and red band framed with two thin brown lines at bottom. Exterior has red band at lip, thin brown lines at top and bottom of body and two brown lines on stem. Handles and lower part of foot are brown. On each side of body, between two groups of vertical lines, a bird in brown and red, a swastika under bird’s head.


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