Cypriot Handmade Black Slip III or Proto Base Ring Ware bowl: Middle Cypriot IIIB -LC IA (1750-1550 BC)
Handmade Black Slip Ware from the end of the Middle Bronze Age, transitioning into the Late Bronze Age. A rare piece of what might be called Proto Base Ring Ware. It has much of the look of Proto Base Ring, particularly the carinated top and also the thin walls of highly levigated clay (but without the base ring). The fabric looks very like Base Ring Ware. The handle is similar to MBA but ancestor to Late Bronze Age wishbone handles. The wishbone handle is already found in MC III and the only modification of the Middle Bronze Age rounded bottom is a dimple in the middle made by pushing in a small area. Only the White Slip Ware, Milk-Bowls (which are a similar size) and some Proto BR, retain the rounded bottom in the Late Bronze Age.
Size: 9.7 x18.8 x 24.2cm
(Ex collection of Mrs Rosemary Tetlow, Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire,UK; acquired between 1962-69; thence by descent)
(Aquired Helios Gallery UK, August 13th 2019)