- Museum number
Pottery bowl in Red Polished I-II (mottled) ware; hand-made; hemispherical body on a narrow flat base; one pierced lug on rim. Made of buff clay with a polished red slip, fired red with mottled patches.
- Production date
- 2300 BC-2100 BC
Diameter: 10.70 centimetres
Height: 6.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is an example of what is now generally terms Red Polished I-II mottled ware (identification confirmed by Dr Giorgos Georgiou, Department of Antiquities, Cyprus ). Stewart (1962, 226-7) recognised it as a variant of the 'standard' north coast RP wares found in the centre and south of the island where it is the predominant RP type. Many examples, including small bowls, have been found at the settlement of Marki-Alonia (Frankel 2006, 105ff and esp. pp. 108-9 for small bowls) and also at the cemetery of Psematismenos- Trelloukkas on the south coast (Georgiou et al. 2011, 194ff with a discussion of the broader distribution of this type on pp. 202-3). The presence of this type in small quanities at the Vounous and Karmi sites is an important indicator of inter-island communications during the Early Cypriot period (Webb et al. 2009, 215-19). See Webb and Frankel 2013 for a broader discussion of this issue and regional variations in material culture, especially ceramics, at this time.
The classification of this bowl has been confirmed by G. Georgiou, curator of the Cyprus Museum, in an
Frankel D. 2006, Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age settlement in Cyprus. Excavations 1995-2000. SIMA CXXIII:2 (Sävedalen).
Georgiou G. et al. 2011, Psematismenos-Trelloukkas. An Early Bronze Age cemetery in Cyprus (Nicosia).
Stewart J. 1962, 'The Early Cypriot Bronze Age', in The Swedish Cyprus Expedition Volume 1A (Lund), 205-401.
Webb J. and Frankel D. 2013, 'Cultural regionalism and divergent social trajectories in Early Bronze Age Cyprus', AJA 117/1, 59-81.
Webb J. et al. 2009, The Bronze Age cemeteries at Karmi Palealona and Lapatsa in Cyprus. Excavations by J.R.B. Stewart. SIMA CXXXVI (Sävedalen).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number