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Lot 0011A
Ancient Greece, Cyprus, late Cypriot II, ca. 1450 to 1400 BCE. A rounded terracotta bowl with a wishbone-shaped handle and black-on-white painted geometric motifs on the exterior and on the handle. Bowls like these were formed by shaping them over a gourd. They were likely hung on walls for display and were widely exported. Size: 9.2" L x 7" W x 4.4" H (23.4 cm x 17.8 cm x 11.2 cm)

The method in which they were made is interesting, because wheel made pottery was also available in the Mediterranean at the time. This suggests a demand for hand-made wares. Some scholars have theorized that they were desirable because they had impermeable surfaces that made them ideal for holding hot liquids, like milk.

Provenance: Ex- private collection of James Farmer, Maryland

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Repaired from multiple pieces; fine root marks on interior and nice remaining pigment.

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Greek Cypriot Black-on-White Milk Bowl

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 25, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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