EARLY AND MIDDLE BRONZE AGE WARES

Circa 2300-1600 BC. During this most creative period the Cypriot potters made exuberant pottery shapes with incised and relief decoration and with modelled figures of animals and humans. Of the many high points of ceramic creativity over the following two millennia the Early Bronze Age is the most freely expressive and with its often child like directness often the most admired. The pottery often has a lustrous red surface, more rarely black and red and even more rarely all black. All manner of lively geometric decoration incised into the wet clay were in-filled after firing with white lime to emphasise the design. Modelled animals and people were added to the shoulders or rims of the pots depicting domestic, hunting and sacred scenes.

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