Cypriot Red Polished Ware Jug


A spherically-shaped, Middle Bronze Age, Cypriot, red polished ware jug. The vessel features a large globular body, which leads to a curved spout and looped handle. The majority of the vessel is covered with angular geometric and dotted designs, with four small nodules around the circumference. The glaze is mostly red in colour but with areas of black hues. The vessel is able to stand unaided.

Date: Circa 2000-1800 BC
Period: Middle Bronze Age
Provenance: From a collection acquired on the UK art market from various auction houses and collections mostly before 2000. From an important Cambridgeshire estate; thence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition. The vessel is whole but has received substantial repair. Some small gaps between the fragments and remnants of adhesive still visible. There is some deterioration of the glaze and small scratches consistent with age.

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Red polished Ware is a type of pottery from the Cypriot Bronze Age; it was introduced as part of the Philia culture, a phase characterised by changes to the economy, technology and society of Cyprus. Pieces from this culture are distinct from the previous Chalcolithic period, with the transition between the two marked by population movement and local development and a change in artistic and pottery style.

Ceramics of this type were handmade and painted with red or red-brown slips and burnished to create a smooth lustre surface. Patterns and decorations were incised with a sharp cutting tool before being fired and contained a range of geometric, zoomorphic and ritualistic designs. The vessels take a wide variety of different forms ranging from jugs, much like this one, to dishes, bottles and zoomorphic pieces.

Weight 212.2 g
Dimensions W 10.5 x H 15.6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item: The British Museum, London, item 1937,1118.2

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