Bronze Age 'base ring' juglets, Cyprus, 14th century BC.
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Earthenware juglets with handle and slip. The 'base ring' pottery style was found in Cyprus during the Late Cypriote period from about 1600 to 1050 BC. It is characterised by vesels with applied ring shaped bases, finished in a highly polished brown slip with incised or relief decoration or white painted lines. Cyprus was one of the major regions of poppy cultivation during this period. Opium was widely used as a narcotic to ease pain and induce sleep, and was also believed to have powerful aphrodisiac qualities. This type of vesel, which resembles an upside down poppy capsule, was used to transport opium to Egypt.