Semitic Museum No. 1995.10.540
Base Ring Juglet
Date: Late Cypriot

Height: 15.4 cm.
Max. Diameter: 7.8 cm.
Ext. Rim Diameter: 4.1 cm.
Base Diameter: 4.2 cm.
Preservation: Half of rim broken, base chipped.
Stanford No.: 587 (red)

Form: Base Ring I Ware juglet. Globular depressed squat body, wide short conical ring base, very long cylindrical neck, high flaring funnel-mouth with rounded edge to the rim; vertical strap handle, rectangular in section, from top 1/3 of neck to the shoulder.

Fabric: Orange/red crumbly clay with black and white inclusions.

Decoration: Thick red slip, slip line visible inside the funnel-mouth. Much burnishing, done in all directions on the body, vertical marks especially on the neck. Two applied horizontal ridges around the upper neck at the handle attachment.

Technical/Manufacturing: Hand built. Lower handle attachment thrust through the shoulder. Mottling and color variation on the body, the handle is half red-half black; much spalling.

Remarks: Provenance Alambra per Cesnola. This is hard to believe as no Late Bronze Age cemeteries have been found at or near the village of Alambra. Applied rings at the neck imitate metal soldering lines seen on handle attachments for metal juglets and also differentiate Base Ring I from Base Ring II Ware. Late Cypriot I-II in date.

  • Publication: SCE IV:IC:149, no.48, Astrom's Base-Ring I jug, Type VI,D, "Other variations", b alpha, with 2 ridges around the mid-neck; plain body; which is one of 9 examples, at Stanford University Museum (587) at the time of the SCE publication, and were said to be from Alambra.
  • Comparanda SM: 1995.10.523,525,531,534(separate entries), all mentioned by Astrom (op. cit) and 540; 1995.10.541 542 with 2 applied vertical bands down the front of the body (separate entries); 535 which is smaller in dimensions and has only one vertical band.
  • Comparanda Elsewhere: SCE IV:IC:149, nos. 581,584,"626", and Cesnola no. 913, all said to be from Alambra, which are probably still at Stanford, in the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts? Fortin 1996:26-27, nos. 94, and 95 purchased from Stanford University's Cesnola Collection (Stan. no. 3908 - SCE IV:IC:146, Fig. XLIX:7) now at Laval University (L.65 and L.274); also see the author's useful references.
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