Ancient Greece, Cyprus, Late Cypriot III, ca. 1200 to 1050 BCE. A fine wheel-thrown terracotta amphora of a substantial size with a protruding ring foot, a globular body with a dramatically-rounded shoulder, a corseted neck, a flared, everted rim, and a pair of strap handles joining the rim to the upper shoulder. Each handle is composed of three thick bands of pottery pressed together. The cream-slipped body forms the chromatic ground atop which the black and red-orange pigment is applied in concentric bands and a series of diamonds, X's, and straight and wavy lines encircling the neck. Small frets line the rim exterior and the exterior sides of the handles. A fine and early example of Cypriot artistry! Size: 15.5" W x 18.25" H (39.4 cm x 46.4 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s
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Repaired and restored from multiple pieces, especially on the lower part of the body. Small areas of overpaint along the repaired lines but otherwise the pigment is original. Nice deposits on surface.