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Pottery juglet or flask in Black Slip ware; hand-made; flattened ovoid body on a button base; narrow concave neck with a rounded rim; single handle with rounded section, extending from shoulder to below rim; four large hook-like projections down each side; made of buff clay with a thin slip, fired brown-black; decorated with bands of incised zig-zags arranged horizontally down the body, enclosed by vertical parallel lines; slip very worn in places.
- Production date
- 1750 BC-1550 BC (probably after 1650 BC)
Height: 13.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
All of the items in the sequence 1868,9-5.1-57 appear to be from the excavations in the Dali area in the early part of 1868, mentioned by Pierides in his letter to Newton dated 21 Feb. 1868 (Original Letters 1861-68, no. 590; see also Letter Book 1861-79, 1868 nos 16, 27 and 31). Pierides gives no details of the findspot(s) of the pottery which ranges in date from the Early and Middle Bronze Ages down to Cypro-Archaic times. Robert Hamilton Lang however relates that the initial focus of tomb digging around Dali this year took place at the base of a hill north of the village (with a well at the top known as Laksha Nicoli). It is not clear from his further observation that the local population then began to dig on a very large scale, if other cemeteries around Dali were also excavated at this time. His account implies however that the initial area of discovery was the one in which he and his colleagues - Pierides, Ceccaldi, Sandwith and Cesnola - concentrated their own digging activities (Lang 1878, 331-3), though it is quite likely that in addition all of these individuals purchased items from the local population. This might explain the chronological range of the Pierides group, though it is possible that the later material came from older cemeteries or tombs reused in the first millennium BC, if not from more than one site.
Form: Åström described BS V as a Late Cypriot development of BS III, though the difference is not always clear independently of an archaeological context as the the two fabrics are indistinguishable. (Note that this vessel was originally assigned to BS III in the annotated copy of Walters' catalogue held in the GR Department). Merrillees, who adds several examples and further details to Åström's corpus, traces the form to el-Lisht and Tell el-Yahudia ware bird- and fish-shaped vessels. As such, he argues that the Cypriot imitations could not be an earlier than LCIA and are likely to be dated to this period.
Lang R.H. 1878, Cyprus: its history, its present resources, and future prospects (London).
Merrillees R. 1975, 'Cypriote Black Slip flasks', Levant VII, 141-5.
- On display (G72/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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