Bowl - plain white ware

Country
Cyprus
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Description
Plain white ware bowl. Deep somewhat uneven carinated body with slightly convex lower walls, concave upper body and plain rim. Flat base with slight knob in centre on exterior and inrterior. Two roughly opposed vestigal loop handles attached at carination. Buff brown clay with thick buff yellow slip. Surface partly discoloured by burning on interior and experior and some encrustation. A small area of rim also discoloured, apparently through contact with bronze. (Webb, Jennifer M., "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p.8).
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery dish
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
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Measurements
H55 x D135
Media/Materials description
Buff brown clay with thick buff yellow slip.
History and use
Pottery is one of the most abundant, common and enduring artefacts in the ancient record, and one of human kinds most fundamental technologies. The craft or making pottery was widespread throughout the ancient world. Pottery was widespread as it was cheap to make, malleable into various forms and watertight after firing. Potters learnt the craft over several years – digging local clay, removing stones and roots, passing it through mesh, mixing with water and settling, cutting into squares, kneading to remove air pockets, forming the vessel, and firing. Vessels can be made using various methods, including pinch, coil, slab, paddle and anvil, and wheel or mould. It can be relatively plain, or decorated by using impressed designs, slips, paints, and even applying mould-made figures. Plain ware vessels are often under-reported in comparison to the more highly decorated vessels. Domestic pottery changed little in form and was largely undecorated – reflecting the ‘form and function’ approach and everyday utility of these vessels.
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Registration number
H621

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