Cypriot decorated terracotta bowl, 700 B.C.

This bowl has a foot and two handles. It stands out especially for its decoration in two tones, the white background and the black lines, making a decorative pattern like concentric circles. The Cypriot pottery of this period was colourful and often painted with geometric or figurative motifs. It was common to use this decoration on jars or bowls. The unique geographical position of the island of Cyprus, situated 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 exercised their influence on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.  


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