Dietrich Widmer

Bronze Stand

This Cypriote stand, c. 1200 B.C., which originally was four-sided and mounted on wheels, probably supported a metal cauldron filled with wine or other liquids that may have been used in a cultic ritual. The surviving portion of the stand is nearly a foot high. On its left side in the top register, four figures bear sacrificial offerings (see detail). Animals line the other registers. A muscular cherub (see detail) with a man’s head, a lion’s body, and wings, stands watch in the top right register.