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Kütahya Ware Coffee Cups in Rural Cyprus and Greece: Peasant Ware It Is Not


The consumption of coffee in the early modern period is often fixed to the image of the seditious and raucous coffeehouse or with the ritual of offering a guest hospitality. The material accompaniments of coffee consumption, however, frequently go understudied. This article concentrates on Ottoman Greece and Cyprus and seeks to coalesce archaeological data to understand better the material role of coffee consumption on the Greek and Cypriot landscape through the presence of Kütahya wares. The narrative that emerges emphasizes a material role in status display, arguing that Kütahya wares form an archaeological marker of a rural elite.

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We wish to send special thanks to the many readers who helped contribute to the final version of this article, in its various states of completion: Fotini Kondyli, Adria LaViolette, Eric Ramirez-Weaver, and Kathryn Jayne Matthews. The final product benefited greatly from their contributions. Our gratitude goes out to the anonymous reviewers of the IJHA who provided invaluable feedback, critiques, and suggestions. We also wish to thank the University of Virginia’s Lindner Center for Art History and East Carolina University for providing funds in order to research and present these findings. The article began as an appendix to an MA thesis and we are grateful to the thesis committee members for their indispensable feedback.

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Mann, J.A., Saidel, B.A. Kütahya Ware Coffee Cups in Rural Cyprus and Greece: Peasant Ware It Is Not. Int J Histor Archaeol 23, 343–360 (2019).

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  • Kütahya
  • Coffee
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Archaeological Survey