In the Cypro-Archaic II period (600-480 B.C.) Cypriot potters began to create large jugs with, on the shoulder, female figurines holding miniature jugs. The miniature jug served as a spout. The type of vase developed in the region on Marion, where many imported Greek vases have been found. The new type of pottery may have been created in order to compete with the imports.
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