Sunday, February 7, 2010

Some beasts from Cyprus

There are several more or less famous beasts from antiquity, sometimes depicted in art - yet, even more common are other animal figurines.

A rattle in the shape of a pig. This piece from Cyprus is dated to the Cypro-Archaic II period (ca 600-480 BC).

This type of ceramics are called "Base ring II ware" (yes, all the different shapes, forms and types are killing me) and here we see an ox (presumably) from the Late Cypriot II period (1400-1200 BC).

And another example of the same shape as the one above.

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