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Pottery askos or flask in White Painted ware; hand-made elliptical body in the form of a bird, pinched together at the prominent central ridge running along the back of the vessel; the clay surface has been smoothed with a tool; narrow spout, with a swelling at the juncture with the body, flaring to a trumpet mouth at one end; arching basket handle in the middle of the back; buff clay and slip, decorated in matt brown-black paint: lattice patterns along the flanks with a ladder motif on the back-ridge and handle, bands on the underside and the spout and rim; a hole has been punched or drilled into the body of the vessel close to the spout.
- Production date
Length: 16.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The number '40' (?) in blue pencil on the underside of the vessel appears to refer to the original excavations, though this is not certain.
On askoi generally see Pieridou 1970; Lemos 1994; Korou 1997. The bird-head askos is believed to originate on Cyprus, though there is considerable interplay with the Aegean duringt he 11th century when the general shape appears in both areas.
Desborough, V. 1972, 'Bird vases', Kretica Chronika 24, 245-77.
Korou N. 1997, 'Cypriot zoomorphic askoi of the early Iron Age. A Cypro-Aegean interplay', in V. Karageorghis et al. (eds), Four thousand years of images on Cypriote pottery (Nicosia 1997), 89-106.
Lemos I. 1992, 'Birds revisited', in V. Karageorghis (ed.), Cyprus in the 11th century B.C. (Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation), 229-38.
Pieridou A. 1970, 'Κυπριακά πλαστικά αγγεία', RDAC, 92-102.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 146.L-1883 (V&A number)