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Pottery knob-lug bowl in Red Polished I-II (mottled) ware (or related); hand-made; hemispherical body on a slightly flattened round base; plain rim; single pierced lug-handle (damaged) at the rim; made of fairly coarse clay covered with a highly polished slip, fired darkish-red. Rim chipped and the slip is worn.
- Production date
- 2300 BC-2100 BC
Diameter: 10 centimetres
Height: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This vessel was classified by Stewart as standard RP I-II but this may instead be an example of what is now generally termed Red Polished I-II Mottled ware, though the mottling is less obvious than other examples (e.g. BM Vase 30 and 31). Stewart (1962, 226-7) recognised RP Mottled 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.
Frankel D. 2006, Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age settlement in Cyprus. Excavations 1995-2000. SIMA CXXIII:2 (Sävedalen: P. Åström).
Georgiou G. et al. 2011, Psematismenos-Trelloukkas. An Early Bronze Age cemetery in Cyprus (Nicosia: Department of Antiquities).
Stewart J. 1962, 'The Early Cypriot Bronze Age', in The Swedish Cyprus Expedition Volume 1A (Lund: SCE), 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: Åström).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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