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  Footed bowl of Sgraffito ware (AN1978.734) Footed bowl of Sgraffito ware, showing woman holding a cup (AN1978.734) Sgraffito wares are characteristic of the Byzantine Empire although the technique has roots in the East, and Byzantine sgraffito ware is commonly found at Cyprus. However in the early 13th century, Cyprus developed a local sgraffito ware tradition. High sided footed bowl of Sgraffito ware, showing figure of a man (AN1978.736). High sided footed bowl of Sgraffito ware (AN1978.736).
  Footed bowl of Sgraffito ware, showing woman holding a cup.
Gift of G. Reitlinger (AN1978.734)
High sided footed bowl of Sgraffito ware, showing figure of a man.
Gift of G. Reitlinger (AN1978.736)
   
 

In Cyprus the Frankish dynasty of the Lusignians ruled from 1192 till 1489 and brought considerable prosperity. The Eastern Mediterranean was then under Crusader leadership, trade was lively and Cypriot craftsmanship flourished. These colourful Cypriote pots have been found at the coast of Anatolia, in Syria and in Palestine.

   
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