Protowhite painted/White Painted I Ware tripod stand. Circular support with slightly concave sided ring and rounded slightly moulded rim, resting on three splaying almost rectangular legs widening upward formed by three arched cuttings. Ridge above arch. Wheelmade. Buff brown clay, self slipped and decorated with matt dark brown paint. A solid band outlines each leg with elaborate decoration in each leg zone. On the first, from top to bottom, a horizontal band of four cross hatched triangles, alternately framed and unframed, two narrow horizontal bands, a horizontal band of four to five inverted solid triangles and three narrow horizontal bands with short vertical strokes pendent from lower band. On the second, two vertical bands of six dotted lozenges framed between and to each side by three narrow vertical bands. On the third, two vertical bands of six solid left facing triangles, framed between and to each side by three narrow vertical bands. Solid paint on rim and ridge above arches. In between, on the ring, a triple horizontal zigzag band with dots above and below. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p.4)
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
1190 BCE-1150 BCE
L120mm x W137mm x D140mm
Pottery, buff brown clay, self slipped and decorated with matt dark brown paint
History and use
This ancient Cypriot pottery vessel is known as a tripod, and it was used as a stand to hold other pottery vessels. The painted design on this vessel references tripods made of bronze - the design replicating the open metalwork of these tripods.