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Cult vessel (red polished I ware)
Early Bronze Age, Early Cypriot I 2400 BCE-2150 BCE

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
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
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.