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MYCENAEAN POTTERY STIRRUP JAR, 14th -13th Century BC

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MYCENAEAN POTTERY STIRRUP JAR, 14th -13th Century BC
Culture: Greek. Date: 14th - 13th Century B.C. Condition: Intact. Provenance: EX: Prominent East Coast private collection. Measurements: 4.25 inches high, (10.5 cms). Unique in forms, stirrup jars were first produced in Crete towards the end of the moddle Minoan period, (1700 - 1550 BC). This unusual pottery is also know as the "false neck amphora", because what should function as the vessel's mouth between two handles, is a false spout that is capped by a clay disk. The liquid actually pouring from a spout on the shoulder of the vase. The small spout of the stirrup jar would also have been easy to seal up for transport, and to prevent the scent of the perfumed oil from evaporating.


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