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Pottery amphora in Bichrome V ware decorated with a painted female head in a Hathor pose; ovoid-globular body; low ring base; slim vertical loop-handles at each side; neck missing (possibly broken and then deliberately levelled off); between the handles is a central frieze framed below by alternating light and dark bands and above with registers of floral and abstract motifs; on both sides of the vase, the central frieze depicts a Hathor head between two stylised trees: details of her hair are incised; the flanking panels are in-filled with cross-hatching.
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Height: 16.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The vase is an example of the 'Amathus Style' (Reyes 1994, 111 and pl. 21), which is influenced by contemporary Attic Black Figure, especially in the incised details, but also by Egyptian and/or Phoenician images of Hathor. For the widepsread use of the imagery of Egyptian Hathor to depict the Great Goddess of Cyprus, see Carbillet 2001 passim; for Amathus, see Karageorghis 2005, 75-112; also Hermary in Aupert et al. 1996, 186.
Aupert P. et al. 1996, Guide d'Amathonte. Ecole Française d'Athènes. Sites et Monuments XV (Paris: De Boccard).
Carbillet A. 2011, La figure hathorique à Chypre (IIe–Ier mill. av. J.-C.) (Münster: Ugarit Verlag).
Karageorghis J. 2005, Kypris. The Aphrodite of Cyprus. Ancients and archaeological evidence (Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation)
Reyes A. 1994, Archaic Cyprus (Oxford: Clarednon Press).
- On display (G72/dc3)
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- Greek and Roman
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