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Early Bronze Age

Early Bronze Age polished wares. Circa 2300-1900 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 child-like directness often the most admired. The pottery has red, frequently lustrous surface treatment, sometimes red and more rarely highly lustrous 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.

Iron Age Black-on-Red Ware

Black-on-Red ware from the Geometric and Archaic periods of the early Iron Age, 800-650 BC. Elegant forms with simple decoration of black bands and concentric circles on red often lustrous slips, the ware was originally imported from the Levant. Enthusiastically adopted by the Cypriot craftsman they put their unique stamp on the ware. The bands and concentric circles were placed in harmonious relationship to the shapes of the vessels creating a ware that can be described as creating a ware with a very sophisticated aesthetic.

Archaic Period Bichrome

Bichrome ware, Archaic period of the early Iron Age 650-435 BC.This age of Cypriot ceramics was exceptional. Using only black/brown and red earth colours on buff surfaces the painting was vivid and delightful. The vessels were used as canvases for flowers, birds, fish, no end of geometric and floral motifs and the occasional human as well. Influences from Assyria, Egypt, Persia, Phoenicia, Syria and, of course, Greece were absorbed by the Cypriot potters. The creativity that characterised their output over the preceding 2000 years reached its final zenith during this period.

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