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Cypriot Base-Ring Juglet (Bilbil)

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Bilbils were shipped in great numbers from Cyprus to Egypt. They resemble inverted poppy plants, and recent chemical analyses reveal that some of these vessels contained opium, a poppy extract.
MEDIUM Clay, slip
  • Place Made: Cyprus
  • DATES ca. 1575–1475 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Cypriot IB Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 13/16 x Diam. 2 13/16 in. (14.8 x 7.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, reportedly from Cyprus; by 1900, acquired by an anonymous individual; 1900, gift of an anonymous individual to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Undecorated jug, with long narrow cylindrical neck slightly off perpendicular, with flaring rim and strap handle rising from shoulder to handle-ridge 3/4 way up neck, forming two ridges around neck where handle is attached. Inverted pear-shaped body with conical foot; buff-colored clay with uneven dark-brown to light-brown glaze. Condition: Very good, glaze largely intact, surface clean but slightly worn. Rim chipped.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Cypriot. Cypriot Base-Ring Juglet (Bilbil), ca. 1575–1475 B.C.E. Clay, slip, 5 13/16 x Diam. 2 13/16 in. (14.8 x 7.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 00.164. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.00.164_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.00.164_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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