About this object

A tulip shaped bowl with a slightly concave nipple base and vertical concave lugs that are horizontally pierced. The bowl has the typical Black topped on Red Polished decoration of the Early Cypriot Bronze Age. The bowl would have been made by hand and the decoration would have been the result of planning in the firing process. One of the lugs has two holes on each of its side and the appearance of a bull. The external upper body of the bowl is decorated with two zones of deeply incised and white filled zig zags and simple line patterns at the lower part of each side. The black area of the rim also has two thin lines of zig zags running along it. The interior of the bowl is black. One of the external sides of the bowl has considerably lost all of its red slip. The bowl came from the tomb 134 of the cemetery A in Vounous and the tomb is recorded by the excavators as a single burial which was not reused. Tulip shaped bowls would have been used in funerary ceremonies and they would have significant ritual significance. Their sophisticated designs perhaps indicate for the need of the regional communities of the North to re-inforce and assert their regional identity through material culture.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Early Cypriot I
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    2250 BC - 2150 BC about
  • Materials
    Earthenware
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, 1952
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus: Kyrenia: Vounous A
  • Date collected
    1952
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 136 mm x 110 mm; 4 3/4 in x 5 3/8 in x 4 5/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The bowl is described in Tsielepi and Bienkowski's Catalogue of Cypriot pottery in Liverpool Museum as of the type XIIIBe23
  • Related people
    Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology (Previous owner); E Stewart (Previous owner); James Rivers Stewart (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1952
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Rivers Stewart

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • E Stewart

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1938
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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