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Large Ancient Cypriot Geometric Period Amphora - 950 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,489) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291602934590 Details: A very large and attractive ancient Cypriot Iron Age Geometric Period amphora, dating to around 950 - 800 BC. The huge vessel is of typical form; with ring base, piriform body, wide neck, everted lip and bilateral u-shaped handles. Covered with a cream slip, over which is painted the classic Cypriot geometric decoration in ochre and umber pigments. The patterns comprise wide and narrow bands wrapping around the vessel circumferentially, the upper body and neck with the characteristic geometric circles. This magnificent vessel forms part of one of the most recognisable and decorative art styles from the entire ancient world. Unique to the island of Cyprus, the Cypro-Geometric painted wares were produced during the early stages of the first millennium BC. This example is a particularly large and well preserved example of its type, an object truly emblematic of ancient Cyprus itself. Cyprus is often referred to as a crossroads of civilization, located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, it acted as a cultural melting pot for the major civilisations of the ancient world; Mesopotamia, Persia and Assyria to the east, Anatolia to the north, Egypt to the south and Greece and Rome to the west. Vessels such as this would have been stuffed full of the abundant agricultural produce of the island; figs, olives, wines and oils and exported to their wealthy neighbours. Height: 18 1/2 inches Condition: A small chip to the rim, stable hairline through base and lower body, otherwise intact and unrestored. Provenance: Ex. French private collection, acquired 1960s-1980s, with French export licence. An old collection label on one side. Approximate region of origin: Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. Our terms and conditions are available on request or can be found on our website. As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkFrog Analytics

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