London, South Kensington
14 May 2002
A CYPRIOT BLACK-ON-RED WARE STAMNOS
CYPRO-ARCHAIC, 600-475 B.C.
With twin horizontally attached loop handles and short neck, decorated with encircling bands and single wavy line between the handles, extended tail below each handle join, on ring foot, 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) high; a Bichrome Ware amphora with twin vertical strap handles from the everted rim to the shoulder, decorated with encircling bands and row of concentric circles around the neck and shoulder, 15¾ in. (40 cm.) high; and another similar, with twin horizontally attached handles, concentric circles around the neck, four multi-linear hooks around the shoulder and a wavy red line between the handles, on ring foot, 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high, both Cypro-Archaic, 750-475 B.C. (3)
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