Jug, plain ware white


Object detail

Jug, plain ware white. Ovoid/spherical body with sloping shoulder and high concave ring base. Narrow neck, widening to broad downturned bevelled rim. Vertical handle, grooved on upper surface and ridged below, from below rim to shoulder, oval in section. Broad band of wheel ridging on body. Encircling grooves on mid and lower neck and on body at handle join. Fine pink-orange clay with orange brown slip. Lower body mended with pieces missing. Base detached. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p. 13).
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption flask
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot flask
Production place
L230mm x W188mm x D188mm
Media/Materials description
Fine pink-orange clay with orange brown 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. This vessel is thought to be of Roman manufacture.
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