14.719 – Banquet Ware: Middle Classic

14.719

14.719

Banquet Ware: Middle Classic

Banquet Ware is a unique type of drinking cup that first appears in the Middle Classic, having three or more copper bands held fast to the clay form with a metal ring- which by the close of the Middle Classic developed a ‘buckel’- holding the bands in place.  These cups where named Banquet Ware by Dr. David Zimmerman because they were first found at sites associated with out door ritual feasting. Though examples have be found inside temple sites, and even with in huts along the Seyathos Valley. What there exact function was we cannot say but they were very popular during the Middle Classic to Late Classic until the Chalice forms of the Imperial replaced them. This example is unique in that the ring along the base was of possible foreign manufacture; leading credence to the theory that the craftsmen of Ephemera would incorporate prefabricated copper into there unique aesthetic.

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Early Classic Offering Vessel:

Clay vessels, made to resemble there reed counter parts, with an attached rush handle – the the favored offering vessel of the Seyathos Culture – where used in the offering of a variety of herbs, presumably to the deceased or the gods. During the Early Classic Period we find the same ceramic form but with handles made of copper.

This example of an Early Classic offering vessel shows clearly how the use of metal was used to resemble its rush, or reed counterpart.

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Early Classic Offering Vessel:

Clay vessels, made to resemble there reed counter parts, with an attached rush handle – the the favored offering vessel of the Seyathos Culture – where used in the offering of a variety of herbs, presumably to the deceased or the gods. During the Early Classic Period we find the same ceramic form but with handles made of copper; such as this example.

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6-19825

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Early Classic Vine Ware:

The Pottery of the Early Classic is famed for its quite beauty.  This is one of the best examples of ‘Vine Ware’- ceramic forms from the Seyathos culture,  embellished with copper wires resembling vines.  These rare forms were highly valued, as there placement along hearths within the meeting houses of the Early Classic villages attests.

Welcome to Ancient Ephemera

Ancient Ephemera: An Introduction

The history of Ancient Ephemera seems created to set anyone’s imagination on fire. The Ephemereans were a people residing in the heart of the Mediterranean world for thousands of years, managing to have no contact with the great Bronze Age civilizations just off their shores. As a result of their limited materials, they developed great skill in their ceramic arts. Then with the sudden introduction of copper and a new aesthetic, the Ephemereans, without losing their archaic sensibilities, blossomed into the Bronze Age by simple melding the two aesthetics, creating a unique form—ceramic vessels embellished with copper. Almost immediately they disappeared from the archeological record. There are many theories, and as yet, too little is known to help us answer the mysteries of Ancient Ephemera. As Dr. David Zimmerman put it so wryly, “all we really know is that some artifacts have been found.”
Yet in just the 75 years since the first ancient site was located, we are beginning to learn the true story of Bronze Age Ephemera. It spanned only 45 years, making Ancient Ephemera the shortest Bronze Age culture known to archeology.
With remarkable speed the Ephemereans abandoned their pastoral ways of life (which had been unchanged for some 2000 years) and created a culture based on trade and commerce with the greater Mediterranean World. All for just one import—copper. They left us with a remarkable material record of artifacts and architecture that was truly unique to their time. It is easy to imagine that Ancient Ephemera was well on its way to becoming one of the great kingdoms of the Eastern Mediterranean World. It is ironic that the eruption of Mount Ephemerous (which ended the world of Ephemera) is also the vehicle by which we come to know these unique people.

I hope that you come to love them as I have.

Noah James Saunders
Ephemerean Cultural Antiquities Liaison

December 5th 2010, World Premier Exhibition

Thank you for you interest in Ancient Ephemera!  I will have more on this site in the next few week; after I get over the jet-lag from returning to the states!  Thanks again, NOAH SAUNDERS

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