Cypriot ceramic askos in form of bull, 1500-1200 B.C.

An askos is a ceramic vessel that consists of a handle on top and a spout on one end. These vessels were used to contain and pour small amounts of liquid, especially oil, as they were used to fill lamps. They usually have a handle on top and a spout at one end. This askos is very curious as it has the shape of a bull and retains traces of polychrome. The eyes are perforated. The unique geographical position of the island of Cyprus, located in the centre of the eastern Mediterranean, makes it a natural point of connection between the cultures of the three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Furthermore, due to the continuous dominations that have taken place on the island, a dense network of commercial and cultural relations was created between the different civilizations that exerted their influence on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.


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