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  Cypriot Kore Jugs: The Ashmolean Collection (Page 3 of 5)
 

detail of Kore Jug AN1890.691The figures decorating the Kore jugs in the Ashmolean are typical of the form apart from one slightly different type. In that case, the kore holds on to the head of a bull instead of the usual mini-jug (see right: detail of AN1890.691 from Marion).

The figurines can either be moulded or handmade or a combination of both techniques. The figurine's arm holding the jug is always handmade. The figurines would have been painted, as were virtually all terracotta figures, and traces of the paint is still visible in some cases. When the figures were painted before the pots were fired, the colours would be the typical reds and blacks. When painting took place after firing the colours would be livelier, such as apple green and pink (reminiscent of the colours of the Rococo period).

Whereas some of the figures are clearly Cypriote in style (AN1890.689), others are directly inspired by the Greek kore types (AN1890.690). The figurine is not always of a single female. Some jugs have two figures such as Eros and Aphrodite, a boy and a girl, or two men (AN1888.1314a).

  Gallery of Kore Jugs in the Ashmolean's Collection
  Kore Jug AN1890.689 Kore Jug AN1890.690 Kore Jug AN1888.1314 Kore Jug AN1888.1314a
  AN1890.689 (from Marion) AN1890.690 (from Marion) AN1888.1314 (from Kouklia) AN1888.1314a (from Kouklia)
  Detail of AN1890.689 Detail of AN1890.690 Detail of AN1888.1314 Detail of AN1888.1314a
  Detail of AN1890.689 Detail of AN1890.690 Detail of AN1888.1314 Detail of AN1888.1314a
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