From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis Bronze Age jug was discovered in a tomb at Lapatsa, in northern Cyprus.
Unlike most Red Polished ware, the slip on this jug has fired a pale orange-brown, rather than the normal red shade. Made of pale brown clay, the jug is intact although the surface has worn and eroded in places. The slip covers the whole of the outside and the inside of the mouth.
The jug has a rounded base, a short wide neck and a round mouth with an out-turned lip. A high rounded handle curves up from the mouth and joins to the shoulder.
Opposite the handle there is a pierced lug at the junction of the neck and the shoulder. Lugs are typically a small handle or protrusion on the side of a vessel. This one has been pierced to create a suspension hole, allowing it to be hung up. There are also applied lumps of clay on the mouth and the shoulder of the jug, halfway between the lug and the handle.
This style of jug is also known as a dipping amphora; the wide mouth makes it easy to fill when dipped into a larger storage vase.
Date Madeca. 21st Century BC
Place NotesExcavated from Karmi - Lapatsa tomb 11
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyRed polished III
Style and IconographyCypriote
TechniqueGlazing (coating process)
MeasurementsHeight ca. 195mm (to lip); Diameter ca. 161mm
Subject and Association KeywordsMourning customs
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by the Melbourne University Cyprus Expedition, care of Dr J.B. Hennessy, University of Sydney, 1973.
Object TypeFunerary Vases
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