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oinochoe

Upper part of pottery globular jug with vertical neck and trefoil mouth in White Painted technique; vertical strap handle; pale buff clay and slip; decorated in brown paint in Free Field composition: pair of birds schematically rendered with oval hatched bodies and out-stretched wings flanking two vertical trees or reeds; pair of eyes on the trefoilated mouth; band of paint at the junction of the body and neck and around the rim; zig-zig in ladder motif on the handle; White Painted IV.

AN222061001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1896,0201.97

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Vase C832

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011a 8.1
Vase C832
Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p. 82, Tomb 8 no. 2; p. 75 fig. 131
SCE IV/2 pl. XXVIII, nos. 11a-b

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Object types
oinochoe (all objects)

Materials
pottery (scope note | all objects)
Ware
White Painted Ware (WP IV) (scope note | all objects)
Type Series
Free Field
Techniques
wheel-made (scope note | all objects)
slipped (scope note | all objects)
painted (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Kourion, 'Site B', Tomb 8 (scope note | all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Limassol (district),Kourion)
Date
750BC-600BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic I (scope note | all objects)


Description
Upper part of a pottery jug with figural decoration in White Painted ware; wheel-made; globular body with short, slightly concave neck and trefoil mouth; vertical handle from shoulder to rim; pale buff clay and slip decorated in black-brown paint in Free Field composition: a pair of birds schematically rendered with oval hatched bodies and out-stretched wings flanking two vertical trees or reeds; pair of eyes on the trefoilated mouth; band of paint at the junction of the body and neck and around the rim; zig-zig in ladder motif on the handle.

Dimensions
Height: 8.2 centimetres (max)


Curator's comments
Additional bibliography: J. Benson, RDAC 1982, pl. XXVII, 3 (The Double X Painter); S. Fourrier, CCEC 35 (2005), pp. 55-76 on similar objects from Amathus in the Louvre illustrating this local style.


Subject
bird (all objects)


Acquisition date
1896

Acquisition name
Excavated by Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
From Turner Bequest Excavations, Curium (biographical details | all objects)
Funded by Emma Tourner Turner (bequest) (biographical details | all objects)


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