Gold sheet restored to form a bowl


British Museum

British Museum

This gold sheet was originally thought to be a gold mask. However, as the sheet is completely undecorated its restoration as a bowl is more convincing. Bronze vessels of this shallow form are known from Cyprus, but many more of precious metals, notably of gold and silver, are recorded from Greece, making it likely that this gold bowl is an import. The bowl must have arrived with pottery from Mycenaean Greece. It was during the fourteenth and most of the thirteenth century BC that a great quantity of pottery was imported to Cyprus from this part of the Greek world. A considerable amount of Mycenaean Greek pottery has been found in the tombs at Enkomi, where the gold sheet was found.

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  • Title: Gold sheet restored to form a bowl
  • Date Created: -1550/-1200
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 12.30cm; Height: 5.20cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: hammered
  • Registration number: 1897,0401.273
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Enkomi
  • Period/culture: Late Bronze Age
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Excavated by Turner Bequest Excavations, Enkomi. Funded by Turner, Emma Tourner


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