Cypriot Red Polished Ware Juglet


A fine Cypriot red polished ware juglet from the Early-Middle Bronze Age. The vessel features a bulbous body which tapers to a pointed base. The shoulders narrow to a long, thick, cylindrical neck leading to an out-splayed rim. A single loop handle has been applied from the neck to the shoulder. A small pierced lug is displayed on the opposite side of the handle placed on the shoulder. The vessel is further enriched with incised linear geometric motifs. These include horizontal and vertical lines along with dashes across the neck and upper body.

The juglet 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, small chip the base 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. On this vase in particular, the black mottled surface is a result of the firing technique.

Weight 278.7 g
Dimensions W 9.5 x H 13.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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