Juglet, plain white ware

Country
Cyprus
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Description
Plain white ware juglet. Ovoid pitiform body with slightly raised flat base, roughly removed from the wheel. Short cylindrical neck tapering to outward thickened collar rim. Thick vertical handle, oval in section, from neck to mid-body. Two shallow encircling grooves on rim. Fine buff-brown clay with cream buff slip, evenly fired. Rim chipped. Some surface encrustation and discolouration. (Webb, Jennifer M., 1997 "Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities", Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. XX: p. 11).
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption flask
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot flask
Production place
Measurements
H78mm x W55mm x D50mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery, fine buff-brown clay with cream buff slip, evenly fired
Signature/Marks
manufacture
decoration
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.
Registration number
H669

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