A Cypriot Redware Kettle Vessel, Middle Cypriot II Period, 1800-1725 BC

This unusual redware vessel has a large globular body, with flat base and short neck; the single handle is applied to the shoulder at the top of the extended lip of the wide rim.   Opposite the handle is a long spout with flaring rim that would assist when pouring liquids.  The rim, body and spout are all decorated with a long, thin chain pattern, shown in raised relief around the exterior.  Above the spout, at the base of the rim is the distinctive small loop, typically found on vessel of this time, that allowed the vessel to be suspended from a string.   

Dimensions: width: 9 1/4 in (23 1/2), height: 6 in (15 cm), diameter: 4 3/4 in (12 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in very good condition overall.  An unusual example that holds much charm.   

Provenance:  The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquiredin 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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