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Description
Red Slip Ware Juglet. Oblong sack shaped body heavy rounded base. Cylindrical neck, swelling slightly at mid point, widening to funnell shaped mouth with everted rim, small vertical loop handle from lower neck to shoulder now missing. Body scarred before firing. Orange brown clay with thick matt red brown slip, not well preserved. Burning on exterior of neck and rim and interior below rim. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p. 8)
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption jug
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot flask
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Measurements
H115mm x D60mm
Media/Materials description
Orange brown clay with thick matt red brown slip, not well preserved
Signature/Marks
scarring
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. Miniature versions of pottery such as this may have been mass produced for votive use in Cyprus.
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Registration number
H662

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