- Museum number
Green stone miniature bathtub; trough-shaped body; four lugs; incised annules and strokes on the rim.
- Production date
- 1250 BC-950 BC
Length: 8.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The precise date of this object cannot be determined on form alone, but most of the miniature examples with firm archaeological contexts date to the LCIIC or LCIII periods, mainly the latter (Collard 2008, 148-50; see Fourrier and Kiely 2012, 298 and note 121).
However, one example found in a tomb by the Hake-Kitchener excavations at Kourion (BM GR 2010,5001.1) probably dates to the Cypro-Geometric period. Full sized bathtubs are common in Late Cypriot IIIB and Cypro-Geometric tombs at Kouklia (Karageorghis 1983 and Karageorghis and Raptou 2014 passim) and another example was found in Episkopi-Bamboula Tomb 35 (Collard 2008, 105-6, though note that this tomb represents the reuse of the site of the abandoned LBA settlement for burial and not the funerary practices of the older town as Collard implies). Miniature bathtubs probably continued to be used as burial gifts at those sites which continued in use into the earlier part of the Cypro-Geometric period alongside the full-sized vessels.
Collard D. 2008, Function and ethnicity: 'Bathtubs' from Late Bronze Age Cyprus. SIMA Pocket-books 171 (Sävedalen).
Fourrier S. and Kiely T. 2012, 'Excavations at Kition-Bamboula 1879. Finds in the British Museum', CCEC 42, 273-304.
Karageorghis V. 1983, Palaepaphos-Skales. An Iron Age cemetery in Cyprus. Ausgrabungen in Alt-Paphos III (Konstanz: Universitätsverlag Konstanz).
Karageorghis V. and Raptou E. 2014, Necropoleis at Palaepaphos from the end of the Late Bronze Age to the Cypro-Archaic period (Nicosia: The Cyprus Institute).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number