Sign on
Date Made/Found: 750-600 BC
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Height 195mm; diameter 145mm; width with handle 155mm
Place Object Found: Cyprus
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J97.106
A jug made of Bichrome IV ware. Although the jug itself is genuinely ancient, the inscription is fake. It was probably added in the 1800s. Dealers would sometimes fake inscriptions to raise the price, especially at a time when very few people could read Cypriot inscriptions and when there were numerous undeciphered scripts in the Mediterranean and Near East.

The person who added the inscription doesn't seem to have had any real knowledge of Cypro-Syllabic or Greek scripts as the letters are all wrong. However, some fakes were definitely made by people who knew what the scripts looked like.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

gPowered byeMuseum

Museums Sheffield

Trying something new can be a little bit scary, but what a great feeling when you make the connection. We're trying new things all the time and we want you to try them too, so come with us and we'll help connect you with art, nature, history, ideas - and each other.

Jump in. Discover something new.

Explore our site