Ancient Greece, Cyprus, Late Cypriot III, ca. 1200 to 1050 BCE. A gorgeously preserved, wheel-thrown terracotta amphora with a protruding ring foot, a globular body with a gently rounded shoulder, a corseted neck, a flared, thick rim, and a pair of loop handles on the upper shoulder. The cream-slipped body forms the chromatic ground atop which the black and red-orange pigment - now faded to a very pale brown - is applied in concentric bands around the mid and lower body. The center of the body has repeated target-shaped symbols, an extremely popular Cypriot motif during this time period. A fine and early example of Cypriot artistry! Size: 10.85" W x 7.75" H (27.6 cm x 19.7 cm)
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private prominent D.K. collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 2000s
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Intact, with light wear commensurate with age including small chips, nicks, and scratches. The pigment is faded as shown but the motifs are still very clear. Nice deposits overall.