Mycenaean Stirrup Vase

An ancient Mycenaean pottery stirrup vessel with a raised spout and bands of ochre glaze around the body.

Found in Israel.
Ca. 1550 - 1200 BC.
Width: 4 1/4 in. (11 cm).

Stirrup jars were first made in Crete around 1500 BC. The shape was adapted by the Mycenaeans and was one of their most prevalent export wares. The vessels were made to hold precious liquids like aromatic olive oil or perfume.

cf.: A. Furumark, "Mycenaean Pottery I, Analysis and Classification," (Stockholm, 1972) p. 22, figs. 3.23, 4.30, 5.31, 6.36; also L. Marangou, "Ancient Greek Art: the N. P. Goulandris Collection," pp.38-41.
Formerly in the N. R. collection, New York; acquired in Israel, with Israeli Antiquity Service export seal.
Inv#: 8129
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