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Pottery askos or vase in form of bird; hand-made; horizontal ovoid body with central ridge along the back; tubular spout tapering to a trefoil mouth; vertical loop handle from body to rim; tail rendered as simple fan; small schematic wings on each side; three short conical legs, two at the front and one at the back; pink-buff clay and self slip (?); decorated with red and black bands on the body, spout and hand, paint is very worn.

AN222038001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Greek & Roman Antiquities

Registration number: 1896,0201.94

Greek and Roman Antiquities catalogue number: Vase C805

Bibliographic reference
Kiely 2011a 6.1
CVA British Museum 9 BM IIC,c, pl.9,9
Vase C805
Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p. 81, Tomb 6 no. 2; p. 77 & fig. 138

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Object types
askos (all objects)

Materials
pottery (scope note | all objects)
Ware
Bichrome Ware (Bichrome III/IV (?)) (scope note | all objects)
Techniques
slipped (scope note | all objects)
painted (scope note | all objects)
handmade (scope note | all objects)
Production place
Made in Cyprus (all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Kourion, 'Site A' (Kaloriziki), tomb 6 (scope note | all objects)
(Europe,Cyprus,Limassol (district),Kourion)
Date
750BC-600BC
Period/Culture
Cypro-Archaic I (scope note | all objects)


Description
Pottery askos or vase in form of bird; hand-made; horizontal ovoid body with central ridge along the back; tubular spout tapering to a trefoil mouth; vertical loop handle from body to rim; tail rendered as simple fan; small schematic wings on each side; three short conical legs, two at the front and one at the back; pink-buff clay and self slip (?); decorated with red and black bands on the body, spout and hand; surface, including the paint, is very worn.

Dimensions
Height: 14 centimetres
Width: 11 centimetres
Length: 15.1 centimetres


Curator's comments
Compare Webb 2001, cat. no. 230 (Bichrome Red I (IV)) (Nicholson Museum); Pieridou 1970, 98, no. 10 and pl. XIV,8 (Bichrome Red I (IV)). On askoi in general and the interlaye between Aegean and Cypriot examples, see Pieridou 1970; Desborough 1972; Lemos 1994; Korou 1997.

Bibliography:
Desborough, V. 1972, 'Bird vases', Kretica Chronika 24, 245-77.

        Korou N. 1997, 'Cypriot zoomorphic askoi of the early Iron Age. A Cypro- Aegean interplay', in V. Karageorghis et al. (eds), Four thousand years of images on Cypriote pottery (Nicosia 1997), 89-106.

        Lemos I. 1992, 'Birds revisited', in V. Karageorghis (ed.), Cyprus in the 11th century B.C. (Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation), 229-38.

        Pieridou A. 1970, 'Κυπριακά πλαστικά αγγεία', RDAC, 92-102.

Webb J. 2001, Cypriote antiquities in the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney. Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities 20. (JonseredL P. Åström ).


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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