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Alabaster alabastron with a Cypriot Syllabic inscription; ground and polished vessel; long body with curving base; broad mushroom-shaped rim curving downwards towards the edges; stone eroded in places; two small ears; round moulding about the upper part of the vase dividing two lines of engraved and painted signs or dots running around the body of the vessel; approximately 30 signs above and 32 below and each line is ca.13cm long; very regularly sized letters, finely engraved and showing traces of red paint; division marks between groups but no obvious starting point for the text.
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Height: 23 centimetres
Length: 13 centimetres (inscription)
Width: 5.50 centimetres (max.)
- Curator's comments
- The alabastron was discovered or collected by Luigi Palma di Cesnola but ended up in personal Lang's collection where it remained until 1903. When Lang left Cyprus in 1872, he gave around 1500 fragmentary items to Cesnola in exchange for a dozen pieces of high quality (BM GR archives, Original Letters 1869-72, vol. 2). This is possibly one of these exchanges, through it was commonplace for the antiquarian community to give or swap items from their excavaitons and collections, and Lang says that he ceded Cesnola the right to excavate at Golgoi so he may have been given items from the site before this time.
The inscription was published in various places since its discovery: by Cesnola (1877, pl. IV, 17); Cesnola 1885-1903, III, Supplement, pl. CXLI, no. 15; Schmidt 1874, 100; Schmidt 1876, 7 and pl. XIX, 1; Hall 1885, 226ff. See also Mitford 1961, p. 45 no. 30.
Cesnola, L. 1877, Cyprus. Its ancient cities, temples and tombs (London)
Cesnola, L. 1885-1903, A Descriptive Atlas of the
Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities (New York).
Hall, I. 1885, The Cypriote Inscriptions of the Cesnola Collection in New York, Journal of the American Oriental Society 11,2, 209-238.
Mitford T. 1961, Studies in the signaries of south-western Cyprus. BICS Supplement 10 (London).
Schmidt, M. 1874, Die Inschrift von Idalion und das kyprische Syllabar. Eine epigraphische Studie (Jena).
Schmidt, M. 1876, Sammlung kyprischer Inschriften in epichorischer Schrift, Jena.
- On display (G72/dc2)
- Greek and Roman
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