ANCIENT GEOMETRIC CYPRIOT VASE
IRON AGE CIRCA 1000 B.C.
Here you find a lovely ancient vase from Cyprus. The vessel has a globular body with flat bottom and a tall slender neck with flared rim. Geometric style target type decoration and stylized leafy branch at the center of the vase. Has surface deposits and encrustation. Vessels such as this one were imported into throughout Mediterranean and Middle East from Cyprus in ancient times because of its strong commercial influence. This vase belongs to a type of pottery known as bichrome ware because of its painted decoration and geometric style. The geometric ornament such as the concentric circles on the globular body were used not only to harmonize but enhance the shape of the body. Measures 7 ¼ in height.
For further reference see: The Art of Ancient Cyprus by Desmond Morris (Oxford 1985)
Private US collection dating to the 1960’s