Ancient Cyprus by A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling

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Revealed for the viewers and bought on the Ashmolean Museum; from the Neolithic to Medieval and later Cyprus

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D. S45 lnot to confuse the 'White Painted' pottery of the Geometric period with the 'White Painted' pottery of the Middle Bronze age (see p. 20). 'Black Slip' (see fig.. lila. 8-9) and 'Plain White' are less com· man wares, confined to a limited range of shapes. Rather later than the first appearance of these fabrics is 'Black-on-Red' ware, thought to have been introduced from southern Anatolia or Syria (pI. XXI is a late example: tig. lila, 4-5). Popular vessel shapes. in tomb material at least, include large amphorae (some with handles on the neclt, others on the belly), craters.

H is a relatively slight change in the style of painted pottery (the replacement of Proto-White Painted ware by White Painted I ware). Iron had keen known and used for over a century already; lile change was marked by no violent catastrophe-before it happened, but not long before. the Greek language took firm root, not, indeed, as the sole language, but perhaps already the most important. The first, and most vital step in the Hellenisation of Cyprus had been taken. 36 III. The Iron Age THE CYPRO-GEOMETRIC ARCHAIC AND CLASS1C PERIODS THE CYPRO-GEOMETRIC PERIOD The cnd of the Bronze Age, c.

Ub, 4-7) given to it by Sir John Myres from the very characteristic ring bases that are a feature of nearly every vessel in this fabric. , the vessels havill& extremely thin walls, fired at high temperature, usually covered by a thin but highly polished dark brown slip, often decorated in relief (pIs. Xb. Xlb). The commonest shapes are bowls with wishbone handles. jugs with tall necks and flaring mouths (pI. Xlb) and juglets whose shape has been thought to resemble a poppy seed head, implying perhaps that these vessels had been designed to hold opium dissolved in liquid.

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