CYPRIOT BOTTLE WITH A ROUND BASE
Measurements: 16.2 cm - height
Description: A small Cypriot pottery bottle in polished reddish coloured clay with traces of firing and incised motifs accentuated with white pigment. The vessel features two pierced holes near the mouth for suspension cord or stopper-attachment. Small bottles of this type were extremely popular in the Early and Middle Bronze Age. They come in a variety of incised motifs. This item features incised plain, multilinear vertical zigzags on the neck alternated with incised chequered units. The body features a band of horizontal diamonds. The decoration is reminiscent, although not identical, with the manner of the Fine Line Artist, the most prolific artist noted of this style. The banded diamonds on the body have the bands sloping from top left to bottom right, while the diamond hatching lines slope from top right to bottom left. All hatchings are enclosed by borders. The manner in which this item stands out from the Fine Line Artist is the diamond patterns in between the banded ones. These diamonds feature zigzags and straight lines and are much narrower than the banded diamonds, almost serving as fillers. The item comes with a small round perspex stand.
This item comes from a private collection of Desmond Morris who wrote one of the most comprehensive studies on Cypriot art (cited below) as well as being an accomplished zoologist, ethologist, surrealist painter, and a popular author in human sociobiology.
Provenance: Ex. Desmond Morris private collection.
Reference: Morris, D., The Art of Ancient Cyprus, 1985, Pl. 92. (for shape), Fig. 522 (for the neck), Pl. 304. (for the artist).
Period: Middle Bronze Age, 1900 – 1600 BC.
Condition: Fine, the item has been significantly restored. The body shows traces of professional repairs and fragments assembled, same around the mouth. The restoration is executed completely and no fragments are missing.