No. G 208
Date Range: Middle Cypriote III- Late Cypriote I (approx. 1600 BC), White Painted V
H. 16.3 cm, Diam. 10.6-10.9 cm
Material: Pottery
Provenance: “Cyprus”, bought 1940

  • Jug. White Painted Ware
  • Jug. White Painted Ware
  • Jug. White Painted Ware
  • Jug. White Painted Ware

This handmade beak flagon is restored out of a few large parts. The vessel has a spherical body with a slightly flattened base. It has a slim neck with wide lips in the form of a beak. A vertical handle attaches on the shoulder and the neck. The linear décor is assigned in black and dull-brown colour. Not only the outside of the vessel is decorated with ornamental paintings, but also the interior of the beak is decorated with vertical ribbons. The surface was smoothed.
The production of White Painted Pottery started at the end of Early Cypriote III and at the beginning of Middle Cypriote I (approx. 1900 BC). It reached its climax in Middle Cypriote II (approx. 1800- 1725 BC) and III (approx. 1725- 1600 BC) and faded away in Late Cypriote I (approx. 1600- 1450 BC). White Painted dominated the production of pottery on Cyprus in the middle Bronze Age. The vessel is coated with a whitish slip and decorated with reddish brown, brown and black lines, dull or shiny. The repertoire of shapes, which was taken over from the Red Polished Ware, has been enlarged and modified. This type of pottery has been very popular in the north and the east of the island, while monochrome ware was preferred in the west.

(G.K.)

Bibliography

D. Frankel, Middle Cypriot white painted pottery: an analytical study of the decoration (Göteborg 1974)
S. M. Lubsen-Admiraal, Ancient Cypriote Art. The Thanos N. Zintilis Collection (Athen 2004) 123 Kat. 244 (WP V, SZ I/1600-1450)
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic/hsm/FSCypBronzeAge.htm

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