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A Cypriot Redware Dipper, Middle Cypriot Period (1900-1650 BC)

This is a beautifully simple dipper with deep round bowl and long, elongated handle well burnished with a rich red slip.  This type of red ware is sometimes referred to as Cypro-Phoenician; pottery like this was made specifically for trade, and Cyprus, situated roughly 60 miles (100 km) by sea from the coast of Syria, was well-situated to export their goods throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. 

Dimensions: Length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm), height: 3.5 in (8.89 cm), diameter: 3.5 in (8.89 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in very 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 a copy of the export license  issued to Mr. Crawford by Republic of Cyprus, Department of Antiquities.    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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