- Also known as
White Painted IV
White Painted Free Field Style
- Scope note
- White Painted IV 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 IV pottery, produced mainly in the Middle Cypriot III period (c.1750-1650 BC)*, was hand-made, soft, and fired red with a white. The painted decoration was most often black, but there sometimes red-brown. Decorative schemes include framed latticed diamond, squares and triangles. An alpha-numeric classification further sub-divides this type by form and shape (Åström 1972, 48–63), which can be added to the comment box of the field, as appropriate, e.g. SCE type XIVA 1a.
Iron Age White Painted IV pottery was produced in the Cypro-Archaic I period (c. 700–600 BC). This type is defined by technique, shape and decoration of characteristic of the period as classified by Gjerstad (1948, 56–7, figs XXVIII–XXX). The decorative elements of White Painted IV include non-geometric elements such as birds, mammals and flowers and are sometimes referred to as ‘Free Field Style’. This latter term may be added to the comment box of the type series field.
* 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