Cypriot Poppy Jug
An ancient Cypriot pottery jug, or bilbil, in the form of an inverted poppy, with a flared lip, loop handle, and linear grooves around the neck and body.
Ca. 1600-1450 BC.
Opium residue has been found in excavated examples of this type of Cypriot poppy-form vase.
Cf. V. Karageorghis, Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection, (New York, 2000), nos. 57, 58, p. 41.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection, acquired from Moshe Dayan.