Cypriot Late Bronze Age chlorite tripod mortar or ritual vesselC24
A finely carved grey/green chlorite mortar or shallow dish standing on three legs with angular profiles.
A similar example in the British Museum and also in a UK private collection (see links below) both indicate signs of burning which suggests these finely made vessels may have served as ritual rather than functional objects, perhaps as incensarios or miniature altars.
Cyprus, Late Bronze Age, c. 1650-1050 BC
3.4 x 12.5 cms
Intact as seen in the photographs
Ex. private collection, New York, USA; acquired from Edward H. Merrin Gallery, NYC. 1970s, and formerly with The Bactria Corp., NYC., 1960s-1970s.