- Also known as
- White Painted I
- Scope note
- White Painted I is a term which can be applied to both Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery, so should be used in conjunction with period/culture fields.
Bronze Age White Painted I (WP I) ceramics were produced from Early Cypriot IIIB to Middle Cypriot I.* The ware was technically the same as that of Red Polished III but had a buff or cream slip with red painted decoration (Dikaios and Stewart, 1962, 229–230, Fig. CLVI). This was either in thick matt red paint (WP IA) or more finely drawn (WP IB).
Iron Age White Painted I pottery was produced in the Cypro-Geometric I period (1050-950 BC). This type was defined by Gjerstad (1948, 48–51, figs I–VII), using a combination of fabric, shape and decoration characteristic of the period. It was usually made of a buff or brown clay with a greenish slip, which was smooth and often polished. A wide range of shapes included dishes, bowls, cups, jars, jugs, bottles, and amphorae. Decorative elements, in brown or black paint were purely geometric such as encircling bands and lines, zigzag lines and wavy lines
* Although this numbering system defined by the Swedish Cyprus Classification (SCE) implies chronological sequencing, there can be variability in fabric and styles, due in part to regional differences. Consequently, the SCE typology, though useful, does have problems which need to be recognised.
Dikaios P. and Stewart J.R. 1962, 'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition Vol. IV/IA. The Stone Age and the early Bronze Age in Cyprus', Lund.
Gjerstad E. 1948, 'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Volume IV, Part 2. The Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic and Cypro-Classical periods', Stockholm.
- Broader terms
Cypriot Ware Type