Large pottery bowl with figural scenes in Bichrome ware; wheel-made; shallow, carinated body on a low ring base; pair of opposing horizontal loop handles.
In the interior of the bowl, the complex frieze of figures is arranged around a central rosette bordered by an interlocking cable motif. Three quarters of the frieze is taken up with pairs of women face each other smelling flowers on a tree. The rest of the scene show two couples engaged in sexual congress in various postures, and a single female clapping her hands and dancing with one foot raised. In front of the later is a diminutive bearded male touching (?) her skirt; the stylised trees bewteen these figures may suggested a wooded landscape, or else a continuation of the motivs from the rest of the frieze. The rim is painted with a border of chevrons. On the outside of the vase are two registers of decoration: a frieze of antithetic sphinxes facing stylised trees, and a frieze of stylised lotus petals.
- 600 BC-500 BC
- Made in: Cyprus
- Excavated/Findspot: Achna
- (Europe,Cyprus,Famagusta (district),Achna)
- Height: 9.6 centimetres
- Diameter: 32.4 centimetres
- Height: 10.16 centimetres
- Diameter: 34.29 centimetres
11 September 2012
Clean and tone in chipped plaster on rim.
The surface was dirty and on the rim the previous restoration had been slightly chipped. Once it was done in the lab a small blob of orange paint was also noticed on the interior of the bowl.
The surface was cleaned using Wishab sponge and a sable brush.The chipped areas of restoration were toned in using Golden Acrylics. The small blob of orange paint was removed with acetone swabs.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA3130
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