- Also known as
- White Painted III
- Scope note
- White Painted III 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 III, produced in the Middle Cypriot II-III period (1850-1650 BC)*, was hand-made, hard-baked pottery with a whitish, or occasionally yellowish slip painted with brown or red-brown lustrous paint. A later variety is painted black on a matt surface. Decorative schemes characterising this type include latticed zigzag bands, bands with latticed triangles and wavy lines. An alpha-numeric classification further sub-divides this type by form and shape (Åström 1972, 18–27), which can be added to the comment box of the field, as appropriate e.g. SCE type IIa.
The Iron Age White Painted III pottery was produced in the Cypro-Geometric III period (c. 850–700 BC). This type is defined by technique, shape and decoration of the period as classified by Gjerstad (1948, 54–6, figs XVIII–XX). The pottery was made of rough brown or greenish clay, sometimes gritty with a thick white, smooth slip. The decoration which was in a deep black paint, now introduced pictorial representations of birds, quadrupeds and humans alongside geometric ornaments of black and white chequers and latticed lozenges. Shapes included jars, jugs, bowls and amphorae.
* 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.
Åström P. 1972, 'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Vol. IV/ 1B The Middle Cypriot Bronze Age', Stockholm.
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