Earthenware juglet, Cyprus, 1600-1400 BCE

Made:
1600-1400 BCE in Cyprus
Base-Ring juglet with handle and lip, earthenware, decorated with relief bands, from Cyprus, 1600BC to 1400BC. White Base-Ring' juglet with handle and lip, earthenware, decorated with relief bands, from Cyprus, 1600BC to 1400BC'

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Base-Ring juglet with handle and lip, earthenware, decorated with relief bands, from Cyprus, 1600BC to 1400BC. White
Science Museum Group Collection
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Base-Ring' juglet with handle and lip, earthenware, decorated with relief bands, from Cyprus, 1600BC to 1400BC'
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Base-Ring" juglet with handle and lip, earthenware, decorated with relief bands, from Cyprus, 1600BC to 1400BC

The small size of this earthenware juglet, measuring just over 130 mm high, indicates that it was used for an expensive liquid. The shape of the jug is similar to the shape of an opium poppy. Cyprus, where this jug was made, was the main exporter of opium at this time. Opium was dissolved in wine, which made it easier to transport and meant it could be traded secretly. It is a narcotic drug used to induce sleep and give pain relief and was also used recreationally for a ‘high’. It is very addictive.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A655415
type:
juglet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
  • jug