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Published for the viewers and bought on the Ashmolean Museum; from the Neolithic to Medieval and later Cyprus

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Including completely hand-made figures (pI. XXlIb). figures whose bodies were wheelmade, heads and limbs hand-made. others with mould-made heads 52 THE IRON AGE (pI. XXlla) on wheel· or hand-made bodies, or figures that were completely mould-made. Not all the life-size figures were painted (but noLice the large bearded head from Salamis, on display). Usc of moulds brought greater realism; notice the head of a boy (pl.. XXIVb) with short cropped curly hair and feathered eyebrows. Archaic terraCOltas are an important guide to contemporary COSlume and ornament.

5221. 40 THE IRON AOE successive workshop traditions in pottery-making. The best-known pottery fabric is 'White Painted' ware, dis· tinguished by the use of a matt dark brown to black paint as ~­ ation on the light ground colour of the clay (pI- XIV). , though less common.. was 'Bichrome' ware, in which a matt red paint was also used to enliven the dark brown of the dominant pauemwork (pI. XV-XVI. fig. 1JIa. ilia, 6-7). Care should be taken Plate XVI: Bichrome II-III two·handled plale. Cypro-Geometric III.

There are hints of regionalism at this time, seen most clearly in the prt:ference in eastern Cyprus for the pottery fabric called Red-on-Black ware (pI. VIII). The surface of these vessels is covered in a black wash, with simple linear patterns added in red paint, by the use of a multiple brush. Certain metal types. including dress pins. more characteristic of eastern Cyprus than elsewhere (pl. IX) reinforce this suggestion. shlped jug, typical of East Cyprus. Middle Cypriol:. HI. 220). 2J ANCIENT CYPRUS phases, lasted for some five centuries, and saw Cyprus drawn further and further into international trade and hence international politics.

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