- Also known as
- White Painted V
- Scope note
- White Painted V 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 V pottery, produced mainly in the Middle Cypriot III period (c.1750–1650 BC)*, was hand-made ware in a hard fabric with white or buff clay and slip. An alpha-numeric classification further sub-divides White Painted V pottery according to form and shape (Åström 1972, 66–78), which can be added to the comment box of the field, as appropriate e.g. SCE type VB 1a. Decorative schemes varied with region and these have been used to define sub-groups of the type, as described by Maguire (1991). These hierarchically narrower terms, such as White Painted V Fine Line Style are described in their own type series notes.
The Iron Age White Painted V pottery was produced in the Cypro-Archaic II period (c. 600–475 BC). This type is defined by technique, shape and decoration of the period as classified by Gjerstad (1948, 57–8, figs XLVI–XLVII). The clay was often brown or greenish, rough and gritty with a rough slip. The decoration was sometimes painted in a violet colour and consisted of geometric motifs of pictorial elements. Shapes included bowls, jugs and goblets.
* 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.
Maguire, L. C. 1991, 'The classification of Middle Bronze Age painted pottery: Wares, styles...workshops?' in J. A. Barlow, D.L.Bolger, and B.Kling, (eds), Cypriot ceramics: Reading the prehistoric record, Philadelphia, 59–65.
- Broader terms
Cypriot Ware Type
- Narrower terms
White Painted V Fine Line Style