The arm-shaped vessels in Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age: a morphological and contextual analysis
Keywords:Pottery, Late Bronze Age, Anatolia, Cyprus, Cilicia, Eastern Mediterranean, Red Lustrous Wheel-made Ware, Arm-shaped Vessels, Levant
The so-called libation arms found in Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age, belong to the ceramic class Red Lustrous Wheel-made Ware, characterized by a very fine fabric, a careful cooking and a red slipped and polished surface. Even if they were thoroughly analyzed, it was generally assumed that these objects were linked to religious or cultic activities and destined to libatory action. However, no systematic investigation was carried out in relation to their finding contexts. This paper presents the results of a morphological and contextual analysis of this specific artifact. It offers suggestions for production areas, function and distribution on the base of a catalog that collects all the pieces found so far and on the analysis of each finding context. The data seem to indicate an Anatolian type of production unrelated to that of the Red Lustrous Wheel-made Ware, which is solely linked to religious activity.
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