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Cult vessel (red polished I ware)
2500 BC-2075 BC

fired clay
27.6 × 21.3 × 21.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Vounous, Cyprus
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1968
Gallery location
Not on display
Hand built vessel with red surface shading up through brown to a black upper body and interior. The body is ovoid and deep, tapering to a small flat base. Two pairs of animal heads- an ibex and a ram, and 2 bulls and 2 pairs of round-topped tablet shapes have been cut from the rim and project upwards. The animals have protruding horns/ears and snouts. They have incised eyes and are incised with geometric designs, as are the tablets. The middle and upper areas of the vessel are heavily incised with sets of parallel lines and crosses. This incised decoration was originally lime filled.