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Large pottery spouted flask in Black-on-Red ware; wheel-made; spherical body on a low ring base; moulded stepped knob on the top of the vessel; triple-ribbed arched handle; short tubular spout with strainer at front; the base is perforated like a rhyton (or 'trick-vase'); made of buff clay and orange-red slip decorated in black paint with concentric circles and concentrics; below the handle is a large fabulous bird with exaggeratedly long neck, legs and wings and a large open mouth: four sinuous hatched bands extend from its body, representing several wings (at least three?) and possibly a tail or a fourth wing sticking out from the back; the surface paint is worn in many places.
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Height: 22.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Buchholz et al. 2010, 217-222 for an account of the cemetery in which the vase was found in 1885 with details of all documented tombs from the area (and finds attributed to cemetery); on the vessel itself, see also p. 402, no. 4 and pl. 218a, in addition to the description and discussion in Karageorghis and Des Gagniers 1974.
Buchholz H.-G. et al. 2010, Tamassos. Ein antiker Stadstaat im Bergbaugebiet von Zypern. Band I. Die Nekropolen I, II und III. AOAT 48/1 (Münster).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The registration group GR 1910,6-20.1-23 was originally deposited on loan at the BM in 1886, part of the collection of antiquities loaned by Warren to the Cyprus Court of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London the same year (see Lang 1886, 36-8). The paper label on the base reading '336 Warren Tamasssus' refers to the exhibition catalogue. Following his death in Canada in 1910, his executors sold the deposited material to the Trustees for £15 (see GR Trustees Reports, 3 May, 1910; information also in the GR Register for this group). A terracotta figurine, registered as 1910,6-20.22, was returned to the Cyprus Museum a few years later as it had been mistakenly sent to the British Museum with Warren's material. Not everything in the group purchased in 1910 was registered by the British Museum: the duplicate items from Tamassos donated to museum/college collections in the United Kingdom (in Aberystwyth, Dublin, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and possibly other places) also appear to have come from the original group of items loaned by Warren.
Lang R.H. 1886, Colonial and Indian Exhibition 1886. Handbook to Cyprus (with map of island) and catalogue of the exhibits (London).
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