- Museum number
Plain Ware pottery 'candlestick' unguentarium (oil flask); wheel-made; conical body with an indented base, at the centre of which is a nipple; tall neck with a slightly chamfered disk rim; ridges or spirals around the body at the junction of body and neck. Made of brick-red clay whose surface has been fired a pale buff colour.
- Production date
- 100 AD-300 AD
Height: 22.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Abadie-Reynal divided conical ('candlestick) unguentaria, which imitate glass shapes, into two main groups according to shape. This belongs to her first group, dating to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD (1987, 56).
See Lund 2015, 136-8 and cat. nos 1178-1208 for a survey of published examples, to which this vessel and GR 1982,7-29.19 should be added (and which also extend the distribution of this form to the East of the island, especially if the present vessel came from Salamis as well as GR 1882.7-29.19). Lund suggests that the date range may be wider at both ends of the chronology sequence.
The fabric is related to a range of jugs, lamp-holders and zoomorphic rattles in what may be termed Plain White ware, a Roman-era continuation of the Iron Age tradition (see Lund 2015, 122-151 passim).
Abadie-Reynal, C. 1987, ‘Céramique Romaine’, in V. Karageorghis et. al (eds), La nécropole d’Amathante Tombes 113-367. II. Céramiques non chypriotes. Études Chypriotes VIII (Nicosia), 45-58.
Lund, J. 2015, A study of the circulation of ceramics in Cyprus from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. Gösta Enbom Monographs 5 (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number