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A MYCENAEAN POTTERY STIRRUP JAR
Late Bronze Age; c. 1550-1200 B.C.

A globular bodied vessel with cylindrical spout and flaring rim, a strap handle on either side of a false central spout. The body decorated with two sets of broad orange-brown bands containing three, finer, lines. Broad bands are also present around the spout. Paint is also found on the handles and is used to define the false spout. Used as a perfume container in antiquity. In excellent and original condition.

By the late 1100s B.C., the power of the Mycenaean kingdoms had collapsed, but elements of Mycenaean culture continued with artists trying to carry on remembered traditions. Without a unifying power, the widely spread Mycenaean settlements developed independent regional styles of pottery. The stirrup jar, named for the shape of its handles, was used for the storage and shipping of liquids, usually oil. These jars were made in a wide range of sizes; a small example like this probably held perfumed oil.

7.16 inches (18.2 cms) high; 5.51 inches (14 cms) maximum diameter

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