Ware/Ware Family: Cilician Hellenistic Slipped Fine Ware

Name, Origin, Date

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Cilician Hellenistic ...

Turkey/Eastern Mediter...

300-150 BCE

Early Hellenistic, Mid...

General Information

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This is the standard table ware of the early-mid Hellenistic period in the northernmost Levant. Vessel fabric is a clean light pinkish brown; they are partially or mostly covered in a shiny slip, usually fired to orange-red, but it can be also be matte brown or red, semi lustrous or slightly metallic red, dark purple, or black. It is most common in the region of coastal Cilicia, from Hama to Kinet Höyük/Issus to Tarsus (Jones 1950), in the third century BCE; its ubiquity here suggests this as a likely zone of origin. Potters in this region had access to a particularly excellent source of potting clay, which is classified on the LCP as Northern Levantine-Cypriot Ophiolitic. Potters made both individual table vessels, such as saucers and...

Bowl
Kinet Höyük
Late 4th - 3rd century BCE
Early Hellenistic


Bowl
Kinet Höyük
3rd - 2nd century BCE
Hellenistic


Bowl
Kinet Höyük
3rd century BCE
Hellenistic


Bowl
Kinet Höyük
3rd - 2nd century BCE
Hellenistic

Break Photos  36

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Saucer
Kinet Höyük
Mid 3rd century BCE
Hellenistic


Skyphos
Kinet Höyük
Mid 3rd century BCE
Hellenistic


Bowl
Kinet Höyük
Late 4th - 3rd century BCE
Early Hellenistic


Bowl
Kinet Höyük
3rd century BCE
Hellenistic

Petrographic Samples  7

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c. 200-140 BCE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




c. 200-140 BCE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




3rd - 2nd century BCE

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL




2nd century BCE
Hellenistic

Magnification:
Polarized Light?
XPL

Description

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Moderately hard and dense, clean light pinkish brown (5YR 7/4–7.5YR 8/4), with occasional voids and a few fine lime inclusions, fully fired light pink brown or orange pink throughout most of section. Matte to semi-lustrous smooth orange-red slip, very similar in color to ESA but generally brushed on rather than dipped, often wet-smoothed, usually covering the entire vessel interior but only the upper exterior, dribbling onto lower wall.

Slip color and quality is variable &nda...

Earlier/Alternative Names

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Northern coastal fine ware (NCF), Northern Levantine coastal Hellenistic fine ware, Red-slip P...

Site Distribution

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'Akko, Harbor (Israel/Northern Coastal Plain)

Horbat Zefat 'Adi (Israel/Northern Coastal Plain)

Associated Kilns/Workshops

Bibliography

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  1. Peter J. Stone. "'Provincial' Perspectives: The Persian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid Administrative Center at Tel Kedesh, Israel in a Regional Context", PhD, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, 2012 , Figure 7a top, 7b.

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