Cypriot Tall necked bottle II: Middle Bronze Age (1850-1700BC)
Similar to my other tall necked, Red-Black Polished Ware bottle from the Karpass area, but the red part restricted only to the bottom and part of one side of the body. Mostly it appears like Black Polished Ware. This bottle is heavier and broader, and with slightly less delicate markings, but the design, though slightly clumsy compared to most of this type is very individual and unlike any other I have seen, almost as though trying out something new. One interesting detail is that some of the blank black areas do not have a line around them but are defined by the ends of the parallel white lines. As is most often the case the lip is pierced, perhaps to hang it up or secure a stopper. It was part of Desmond Morris's collection of over 100 of these bottles which he sold just before I bought it in 2019.
Size: 21cm high
(Ex Desmond Morris collection (acquired 1985 or earlier))
(Aquired Art Ancient, London 7th June 2019)