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Accession_Number 47.2.21
adlib_title Cypriote bell
Shape Bell
Shape_description Bell, with a rounded lower edge, narrowing sharply and then tapering slowly to a rounded shoulder, where it is attached to a round knob, hollowed on one side, thickened on the other, pierced with a hole; there is another hole in the top of the bell, just below the hollowed part of the knob. A hand-modeled striking ball is attached, with a thin piece of jute string, knotted through the top hole and lowered through the bottom hole.
Material Terracotta
Fabric Cypriote
Fabric_description Medium-grained
Munsell_color 7.5YR 6/4
Decoration Three careless thick vertical bands of white slip, which start just below the join of the knob and the bell, and slip onto the underside of the bell; otherwise reserved. Striations on the inside and outside of the bell indicate that it was formed on a wheel, although the knob and striking ball were probably not.
Inscriptions
Condition Intact; string not original, and therefore striking ball may not be original. Surface worn, with medium-brown deposits.
Technique/Style
Provenance Said to be from old tombs in Cyprus, ca. 1900.
Period
Date
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Artist
Attribution
Image
2005.02.0293.jpg
2005.02.0293.jpg
Oblique view of a Cypriote bell, showing the rounded body and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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2005.02.0294.jpg
2005.02.0294.jpg
Front view of the bottom of a Cypriote bell on its side, showing the base and hand-modeled striking ball interior.
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2005.02.0295.jpg
2005.02.0295.jpg
Oblique view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded shoulder and the knob on the top.
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2010.99.0076.jpg
2010.99.0076.jpg
Front view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded body and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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2010.99.0077.jpg
2010.99.0077.jpg
Front view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded body and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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2010.99.0078.jpg
2010.99.0078.jpg
Front view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded body and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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2010.99.0079.jpg
2010.99.0079.jpg
Front view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded body and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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2010.99.0080.jpg
2010.99.0080.jpg
Front view of a Cypriote bell, showing rounded shoulder and the knob on the top.
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2010.99.0081.jpg
2010.99.0081.jpg
Front view of the bottom of a Cypriote bell on its side, showing the base and hand-modeled striking ball interior.
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2010.99.0082.jpg
2010.99.0082.jpg
Oblique view of a Cypriote bell from above, showing the hole on the body and on the knob, and decoration of vertical bands of white slip.
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Comparanda
Bibliography
Archive_Ref reference 1
Beazley_DB
Height 10.0
Diameters Neck 2.5; rim 7.2; striking ball 2.2
Handle_height
Other_dims. Knob: H. 2.8; W. 3.4; Th. 2.0
Location Death
Edited_by Kinsey; Amy
Date_edited 06.01.2006; 20.07.2009
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