From:UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis geometric flask is from Cyprus. Small containers like this are often associated with the production and use of perfumes and scented oils.
There is a crack in the body of the flask from firing, but it is overall in good condition. The neck is thin with a flaring, funnel shaped mouth, and the two handles arch from the base of the neck to the widest point of the body. The bowl of the flask is a slightly flattened sphere, coming to a slight point in the centre of each side. Around each point is a concentric circle design done in many fine lines, with a central dot, and enclosed by a thick band. Around the body on each side of the handles are four concentric lines. Between these lines an inverted V extends from the base of the handles, bordering a striped triangular pendant shape. The decoration is painted in matt black over a hard orange-red slip.
The body has been highly polished but the handles and the mouth have not. The handles have black bands down the edges and a ladder pattern on the outer face. There is a wide band around the mouth and the middle of the neck, with fine bands between. A narrow band runs around the ridge on the neck where the handles attach, and at the root of the handles is a wavy line, with another narrow band at the base of the neck.
Date Made8th Century BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyCypro-Phoenician
Style and IconographyCypro-Geometric
Style and IconographyGeometric patterns
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
MeasurementsHeight 128mm; Width 80mm (of body)
Subject and Association KeywordsCosmetics
Subject and Association KeywordsPersonal beauty
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by the Christchurch Classical Association, 1953. Formerly in the collection of James H Rea.
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