Cypriot jug with pierced ribs: Middle Bronze Age III (1750 - 1650 BC)
Incised Drab Polished Ware, small jug with beaked, cutaway spout and 4 very unusual multiply-pierced "ribs" splaying out from the neck. The ribs make it feel plant-like, or perhaps like a young bird. The cut-away spout is a later, delicate reduction of Philia spouts (see my Philia jug). The vessel is round bottomed, as was normal in the Early and Middle Bronze Age, and the incised lines were filled with lime. Part of one rib and spout re-attached and the latter with chip missing.
Size: 16cm high
(private collection, East Yorkshire. Acquired in Cyprus in the 1960s and thence by descent.)
(Aquired ArtAncient 9th July 2017)