Cypriot Red Polished Ware Bowl
A large ancient Cypriot Red Polished Ware bowl with blackened rim and interior. The exterior has incised geometric designs filled in with white lime and a single lug handle.
Early Cypriot III; Red Polished Ware.
Red Polished Ware is a term applied to pottery of the Cypriot Bronze Age. Ceramics in this ware were handmade, monochrome vessels with smooth surfaces, painted in red or red-brown slips and burnished to a medium or high luster. They had a diverse range of forms, which included elaborate ritual vessels and zoomorphic shapes. Decorations typically consisted of incised motifs, relief decorations or mottled surfaces. The black rims and interiors of some vessels were created by use of specific and well-controlled firing techniques.
Cf.: V. Karageorghis, Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection, (New York, 2000), p. 30.
Formerly in the collection of The Cyprus Museum, Jacksonville, North Carolina.