Amphoriskos, plain white ware

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Plain white ware Amphoriskos. Globular depressed unevenly shaped body with small pointed off-centre base. Wide concave-sided neck, circular mouth with flat out-turned rim. Opposed thick vertical handles, almost rectangular in section, from rim to shoulder. Pale orange clay with buff-brown 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 jar
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Cypriot
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H60mm x W69mm x D48mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery, pale orange clay with buff-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 miniature version of an amphorae are found in Cypriote tombs. An amphora is a tall ancient Greek or Roman jug with two handles and a narrower neck, used to transport various productes through the ancient Mediterranean.
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