- Red Slip Ware (Cyprus)
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Red Slip Ware (Cyprus)
Red Slip Ware (Cyprus) (Cyprus)
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- Red Slip Ware
- Scope note
- Red Slip Ware (Cyprus) refers to pottery made in this ware during the Bronze Age or of the Iron Age. Distinction between the periods can be achieved with the relevant period culture terms and/or production dates. This term should be reserved for Cypriot wares. The term Cypriot Red Slip should only be used for Red Slip of the terra sigillata type made during the Roman period.
Red Slip Ware of the Bronze Age was largely a Middle Cypriot ware, although its manufacture continued into Late Cypriot I. This term is used for the both the hand-made and the wheel-made wares, with the latter being Late Cypriot. The fabric is extremely uniform and the same in both cases, as are the forms. The all-over slip is red or red-brown. There is little to distinguish this ware from the Black Slip Ware category, other than the colour of the slip, and they are often grouped together as one group (Crewe 2007, 33). As such, Red Slip might be further classified in the same way as Black Slip. However, there is no Roman numeral division for Red Slip within the Swedish Cyprus Expedition catalogue (Åström, 1972, 84-88), and it is probably not helpful.
For Red Slip Ware of the Iron Age, the term applies to a wheel-made ware made of, brown or reddish-brown clay with a matt or lustrous red slip (Gjerstad 1948, 80-82). It was first manufactured in Cyprus in the Cypro-Geometric (CG) II-III period, and appears to have been based on imported Syro-Palestinian red slipped pottery of the CG I period (Karageorghis 1983, 369). Red Slip Ware is further classified into types I-V based on chronologically varied stylistic features (See Type Series scope notes). The fabric and slip of this ware is the same as that for Black-on-Red Ware.
Åström P. 1972, 'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Vol. IV/ 1B The Middle Cypriot Bronze Age', Stockholm.
Crewe L. 2007, 'Early Enkomi. Regionalism, trade and society at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age on Cyprus', (BAR International Series 1706) Oxford.
Gjerstad E. 1948, 'The Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Volume IV, Part 2. The Cypro-Geometric, Cypro-Archaic and Cypro-Classical periods', Stockholm.
Karageorghis V. 1983, 'Palaepaphos-Skales. An Iron Age cemetery in Cyprus', (Ausgrabungen in Alt Paphos auf Cypern 3), Konstanz.