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.
ca. 1575-1475 B.C.E.
Late Cypriot IB Period
5 13/16 x Diam. 2 13/16 in. (14.8 x 7.1 cm) (show scale)
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.
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.
This item is not on view
Cypriot. 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)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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