Cypriot Red Polished Ware Jug


A fine Cypriot red polished ware jug from the Early-Middle Bronze Age. The vessel features a globular body with a rounded base. The shoulders taper in to a long cylindrical neck leading to an out-splayed rim. A single loop handle has been applied from the shoulder to the middle of the body. A small pointed lug is displayed on the opposite side of the handle on the neck. The vessel is further enriched with incised linear geometric motifs. These include zig-zags, dots and diagonal lines across the neck, body and handle.

The jug does not stand unaided.

Date: Circa 2700-1900 BC
Period: Early-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: Very fine condition, some chips to the rim and some scratches along with encrustation to the surface.

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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.  Often, vessels of this type featured black rims and interiors, which was the result of specific and well-controlled firing techniques.

Weight 516.4 g
Dimensions W 13.5 x H 21.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,Bonhams, London, 28th November 2019, lot 31 or ,The British Museum, lot 2001,0423.4

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