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MM Acc 0680 :: Giant pithos.

Object description
Large handmade pithos, storage jar. Ovoid body, short concave neck, out-curved rim, flat base, ridge round neckline. No handles. Decoration in relief, consisting of parallel encircling ridges. Mark on rim.
Inventory number
MM Acc 0680
Giant pithos.
Geographic name, alternative
Agia Irini; Ayia Irini
Place - Findspot
Ajia Irini
Cult house. Rock.
SCE 1930.
Description, Swedish
Pithos; Pithos, teckning; Repro. Från svenska cypernexpeditionen. Positionsartilleriet?
Large handmade pithos, storage jar. Ovoid body, short concave neck, out-curved rim, flat base, ridge round neckline. No handles. Decoration in relief, consisting of parallel encircling ridges. Mark on rim.
Large part of body restored.
L.C. II.
Name - Photographer
Kaneberg, Ove
Ove Kaneberg, photographer at the The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1995-2016.
Source - http
collections.smvk.se, collections.smvk.se, collections.smvk.se, digitaltmuseum.org
Source, Viaf - same as
Source, Kulturnav - same as
Exhibition - Previously
Cypern genom tiderna

New Cypriot gallery.

The Leventis Gallery of Cypriote Antiquities

The island of Cyprus is situated in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, and this location has always made the island a crossroad of peoples, goods and ideas originating in ancient Egypt, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Greece.

This exhibition consists of about 1500 archaeological finds, which span more than 7000 years. They testify to an ever increasing intensification of contacts between Cyprus and the outside world, and an unusual open-mindedness towards new ideas and influences.

This not only led to a diversification of religious beliefs, but also resulted in exceptional innovative and unique works of art, that have become a true hallmark of Cyprus.

Most of the items in the exhibition were brought to light at the many sites excavated by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition between 1927 and 1931. The background to the

Swedish Cyprus Expedition is told in the study corner adjacent to the museum café: The A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriote Antiquities: the Mezzanine Floor.

In accordance with the practice of the time, the excavation finds were subsequently divided between Sweden and Cyprus with permission from the British colonial

government. (www.medelhavmuseet.se, 2010-09-01)

Time - Start
2009-01-30 [?]
Exhibition, Part of - Previously
Cypern genom tiderna - Room 10
Event - Was Present At
Swedish Cyprus Expedition (1927-1931)

The Swedish Cyprus Expedition was a project to systematically investigate the archaeology of the entire early history of Cyprus. It took place between September 1927 and March 1931 and was led by three archaeologists: Einar Gjerstad, Erik Sjöqvist and Alfred Westholm together with architect John Lindros.

Archaeological excavations were made at locations all over Cyprus including Lapithos, Nitovikla, Ajia Irini and Enkomi. The results were published in four volumes from 1934 to 1972. Most of the finds are now kept at the Cyprus Museum; Nicosia and Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm.

In the early 1970s Paul Åström from the University of Gothenburg continued the tradition of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition with his excavations at the ancient city of Hala Sultan Tekke / Dromolaxia-Vizatzia near Larnaca. He concentrated mainly on the investigation of the late history of the city, viz. the later part of Late Cypriote period (Late Bronze Age). After the untimely death of Paul Åström, Peter M. Fischer from the same university received the permission by the Department of Antiquities (2009) to continue the excavations there (2010). The main objective of the first season of the renewed excavations is to investigate the earliest history of the city which seems to have its roots in the Middle Cypriote period (Middle Bronze Age). (wikipedia, 2012-04-23)

Source - http
collections.smvk.se, en.wikipedia.org, sv.wikipedia.org, swedishcyprusexpedition.se

Alternative inventory no: A.I. 2775 [Fragments of two large Plain White pithoi; handmade. As no. 2764.]

There is a drawing - See More pictures!


- SIMA XLV:1, p 36, fig 11.

- BCH XCVIII 1974, p 863, fig 54.

- Lolos 1999, p 54, fig 1.


- Karageorghis et al., 2003, no. 094.

- MedMusM 2, 1977, pl VII:1, p 30.

- SCE I, 774, 798.

- SCE IV:1C, 261, fig LXXII:6.

- Westholm, A, 'En senmykensk pithos från Cypern', Konsthistorisk tidskrift 12, 1943, 93-97.


270D6, 7107D.

Fdia 1617; 291A.

Pottery ware
Plain White Ware. Pithos Ware.
Reference - Published in
Medelhavsmuseet (2003). The Cyprus collections in the Medelhavsmuseet
Source - http
Height / Höjd
160,0 cm
H. 160.0.
Need of treat - List
Date - Registration