Chalcolithic Cypriote Body Sherd of Red-On-White WareChalcolithic
4000 BCE-2500 BCE
1 7/8 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 3/8 in. (4.8 cm x 3.2 cm x 0.9 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.3874
Geography: Asia, Cyprus
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Sherds
This object has the following keywords:
- Chalcolithic - Refers to the period and culture associated with the transitional phase between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. It is characterized by the hammering, melting, and casting of copper for ornaments and tools, and is distinguished from Bronze Age technologies in that the copper was typically not or only seldomly combined with tin or other metal in an alloy, and stone tools were used at the same time as metal ones. Chalcolithic cultures developed at different times in different parts of the world, ranging from early sporadic use of copper around 7,000 BCE in the Near East to established use by around 1,900 BCE in Britain.
- Cypriote - Refers to the culture of the island of Cyprus, particularly during the Bronze Age from about 2300 to 1050 BCE.
- Red-on-white - Refers to the pottery style found in Cyprus from the Late Neolithic period beginning around 4500 BCE through the Chalcolithic period ending around 2300 BCE. The style, one of the first indigenous ones to emerge in Cyprus, went through several stages of development but is generally characterized by handmade vessels, most commonly thick walled bowls and handleless flasks, decorated with red paint.
- sherds - Limited to fragments of pottery or glass.
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