- Museum number
Pottery bowl in Black Polished ware; hand-made; hemispherical body on a rounded base; flat rim, inclining inwards very slightly; small pierced lug below the rim; made of fairly coarse gritty clay and covered in a self slip fired black throughout; decorated with incised motifs filled with lime: a single zig-zag below the rim, three obliquely hatched bands on the body, and on the base are four ladder-like motifs meeting in a central in a black square; oblique strokes on the rim; the vessel is repaired from fragments with some restoration.
- Production date
- 2100 BC-1850 BC
Diameter: 13 centimetres
Height: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In terms of shape and decoration, this vessel is similar to decorated bowls with knob-lugs classed by Stewart's as Red Polished II and ranging in date between EC II and MCII (SCE IV/1A, 333), though according to Merrillees and others more these more correctly belong in RP III. Stewart dated the Black Polished variety to the MC I-II period, as have more recent scholars (see Brewster in Frankel and Webb 2007; Webb et al. 2009).
Black Polished is largely restricted to the central plain and north-central coastal area of Cyprus, but is generally rare in the Nicosia area. There is a significant occurrence at Dhenia which was probably one of the main production sites of this ware. Its proximity to Nicosia makes it reasonable to suggest that this was a likely source of this item and GR 1888,9-27.18.
Brewster D. 2004, Early and Middle Cypriot Bronze Age Black Polished ware. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, La Trobe University.
Frankel D. and Webb J. 2007, The Bronze Age cemeteries at Deneia in Cyprus. SIMA CXXXV, Sävedalen (esp. 64-7).
Merrillees R. 1991, 'The principles of Cypriot Bronze Age pottery classification', in J. Barlow et al. (eds), Cypriot ceramics: Reading the prehistoric record. University Museum Symposium Series Volume II. University Museum Monograph 74, Philadelphia, 237-9 (see 239).
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 (223-5).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number