Bronze Age Cypriot Painted Terracotta Amphora

SKU SF.323
Circa

1500 BC to 1200 BC

Dimensions

19″ (48.3cm) high

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Cyprus

Gallery Location

UK


 

The shape of this vessel is both aesthetically pleasing and practical for its intended use for storage. The pointed bottom would have been planted into the ground for stability, leaving the upper two thirds of the vessel clear. In an amphora of this size, and especially with its wide opening, it is most likely that it held grain or other foodstuffs. The terracotta is typical of the light cream coloured clay produced by the Cypriot climate. The ovoid body of the amphora is emphasized by its geometric decoration, bands of black pain. This is typical of early Cypriot pottery and shows artistic links to the contemporaneous pottery being produced on the Greek mainland.

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