Cypriot Redware cup: Hellenistic (300-100 BC)
Cypriot Hellenistic redware (red slip) wine cup, typical of the period during the rule of Cyprus by Ptolomaic Egypt, after the break-up of Alexander the Great's empire. 3rd or 2nd century BC.
Repaired from several pieces. with some surface wear and minor losses.
New acquisition: still with Helios Gallery
Size: 6.3x15.5cm (handles)
(Ex the Desmond Morris Collection, collected 1967-85. Sold as part of group lot , Christie's November 6, 2001. Subsequently collection of on display at the Cyprus Museum North Carolina, USA till 2018. The museum was founded by Dr Takey Crist in 1988 and the majority of its collections were acquired in the US and Northern Europe during the 1970's and 1980's. Dr Crist is a Cypriot honorary consul to the US, and his museum was officially endorsed by the President of Cyprus, George Vassiliou in 1990. Museum dispersal sale, Leland Little Auctions, USA, 15th June 2018, lot 2419)
(Aquired Helios Gallery December 2018)