|ITEM||Tripod cooking pot|
|CULTURE||Bronze Age, Cypriot|
|PERIOD||1900 – 1800 B.C|
|DIMENSIONS||130 mm x 128 mm|
|PROVENANCE||Ex Emeritus collection (USA), collected from the 1950’s to the 1980’s by a distinguished university professor who served as Department head, Dean and Vice President of a major university.|
|PARALLEL||BRITISH MUSEUM Collection, Accession number 1884,1210.63|
Cypriot pottery from the Bronze Age is an important area of study for archaeologists and historians interested in the history of Cyprus and cultural interactions in the eastern Mediterranean during that period. Cypriot pottery from the Bronze Age, spanning approximately from 2300 to 1050 BCE, is characterized by its diversity of forms and decorative styles.
One of the most notable types of Cypriot pottery from the Bronze Age is the “bilbil,” a jar with a spherical body and a long, narrow neck. These jars had a variety of uses, including storage and transportation of liquids. Cypriot Bronze Age pottery often features a range of decorative designs, including geometric patterns, stylized animals, and floral motifs. These designs can provide insights into the aesthetics and iconography of the time, as well as the cultural influences that impacted pottery production in Cyprus.
Furthermore, Cypriot Bronze Age pottery has been found at archaeological sites throughout the island as well as in other locations in the eastern Mediterranean. This suggests active participation by Cyprus in the trade networks of the era and its influence in cultural diffusion within the region.