From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis Bronze Age knob lug bowl was found in a pit-tomb in Cyprus. It is a hemispherical clay bowl that has been covered in an orange-red slip and fired black around the rim and on the inside.
Vessels of this shape are often made by shaping around a gourd, another bowl or some other rounded object to give a regular shape. The knob lug is a small addition near the rim which acts as a handle or hanging point. The knob can be shaped around a stick or pierced to produce a hole used to hang the vessel.
This bowl has some pitting due to exploded voids. The voids are caused by inclusions in the clay that degrade or explode over time or during the heat of firing. Inclusions are small particles of non-clay material that are added to keep clay together, and various materials like stone grit, sand, crushed pottery and finely chopped straw are often used.
Date Made21st Century BC
Place NotesExcavated from Ayia Paraskevi, tomb 11
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyCypriote
Style and IconographyRed polished II
MeasurementsHeight 91mm; Diameter 152mm
Subject and Association KeywordsMourning customs
Subject and Association KeywordsFood history
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 TypeFood Service Vessels
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved