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A Cypriot Blackware Bowl, Middle Cypriot Period, 1900-1650 BC

This small black bowl with exterior decoration is of Cypriot origin. There are linear motifs in three registers, around the rim, the barrel of the bowl, and the bottom filled with lime.

Background:  Cypriot blackware started being produced at the end of the Early Cypriot period, but this bowl is more likely from Middle Cypriot I-II periods. Bronze Age Black Slip Ware is characterized as a hand-made ware of well mixed clay with a matt or lustrous, black or mottled red-brown and black slip. It comes mostly from north-west Cyprus.

DimensionsDiameter: 3 7/8 inches, Height: 2 inches

ConditionLarge crack running length of the bowl. Exterior is chipped along rim on interior and exterior. White paint on bottom for original collection number. Scratches on interior. The bowl is complete and in good condition overall.

Provenance:   The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired in Cyprus prior to 1972 .  This piece is accompanied by an export license from Cyprus.       William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter.   In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs.   He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.

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