Cypriot Red Polished Ware Juglet


A lovely, Cypriot, red-polished ware juglet, dating to the Early-Middle Bronze Age. The vessel has a globular body, with a long cylindrical neck and a slightly flared rim. A curved handle spans from the side of the neck to the shoulder. The glaze on the vessel has created a beautiful split-colour red and black design, creating a clean curving distinction on one side and a gradient on the other. Towards the neck the glaze becomes more brown in tone. Around the body are three finger size dimples, in line with a band of triangular incisions. There is a single deep incision running up the exterior of the handle with triangular marks either side. There are small angular incisions vertically up the neck and a linear band around the base of the neck. The vessel features a slightly rounded base.

N.B. Please note, the juglet is not able to stand unaided, due to the rounded base.

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: Excellent Condition. There is a small chip on the lip on the rim, and some small scratches and areas of deterioration in the glaze, 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.  Often, vessels of this type featured black rims and interiors, which was the result of specific and well-controlled firing techniques.

Weight 220 g
Dimensions W 9.0 x H 14.7 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item: The British Museum, London, item 1888,0927.24

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