MYCENAEAN LARGE DECORATED POTTERY STIRRUP JAR, CIRCA 1400 B.C.

$5,500.00

Culture: Mycenaean
Date: Late Helladic III, circa 1400 B.C.
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Intact, preserving almost entire original paint
Provenance: Ex- Early German private collection, 1970s
Dimensions: H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm.)
Ref No. GR1140
SKU: 63a2abde2791 Category:

Description

Ornamented with broad horizontal bands wrapping the upper body, the stirrup handle decorated with striped lines, the fake spout top decorated with circular bands around a nippled center.

Stirrup jars, unique in form and started to be produced in Crete towards the end of the Middle Minoan Period (1700 – 1550 B.C.). This unusual type is also know as the “false neck amphora”, because what is supposed to function as the vessel’s mouth between the two handles is a false spout that is capped by a clay disk, the liquid instead pouring from a spout on the shoulder of the vase. The stirrup jar is particularly suited for the transport and pouring of liquids and the false spout and stirrup handles are well designed for holding, while the narrow neck of the true spout allowed for easy control of the liquid’s flow.