Jug - plain white ware

Production date
Circa 3 BCE
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Object detail

Plain white ware jug. Biconical depressed body with ring base. Tall narrow cylindrical neck widening to pinched rim. Thin strap handle, oval in section, from rim to shoulder. Encircling groove on upper shoulder. Band of wheel-ridging on upper body and feint ribbing on neck. Buff brown clay with buff-yellow slip (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p. 10)
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption jug
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot jug
Production date
Circa 3 BCE
Production place
H200mm x W150mm x D151mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery, buff brown clay with 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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