A small terracotta stemmed bowl on a high flaring foot with a body that is almost straight sided, the upper part slightly tapering and the lower part sharply tapering to the short, conical stem. It has two upward flaring handles.
The interior is decorated with series of horizontal encircling lines in umber and black, one of them a thicker band, the tondo with a concentric circle.
The exterior shows a series of further encircling bands in dark brown, four of them encircling the lip. In the center of each side a saltire is visible, itself surrounded by four dots, between panels of vertical strokes. Further dark brown lines around the lower part of the bowl and the foot.
Takey Crist, The Cyprus Museum (2005), p. 13.
Cyprus Museum of Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, 1988-2018, inventory number 237.
Cypro-Geometric, circa 1050-750 B.C.
Diameter 10.2 cm, height 7.4 cm.
Collection of Dr. Takey Crist, The Cyprus Museum of Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, inventory number 237; thereafter with Charles Ede Ltd., London.
The Cyprus Museum was established by Dr. Takey Crist, who was Honorary Consul of Cyprus. The object is accompanied by two documents demonstrating that the collection was acquired legally with the full knowledge of the Cypriot Government: a) a notarized affidavit signed by Dr. Crist, declaring that all the antiquities displayed in the museum were legally acquired with the full knowledge of Cypriot authorities, and that during the time of their display, there were documented visits by Cypriot government dignitaries, and b) an official message of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. George Vassiliou, dated January 1990 and signed, expressing deep appreciation for the initiative of Dr. Crist and stating that the museum deserves full support.
Intact with some general surface wear, pitting and minor chips, as shown; a museum inventory number "237" written underneath in ink. The cup is slightly irregular in shape.