Stirrup jar - ROM2018_16356_5


Stirrup jar

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Greek import to Egypt?
Date: c. 1400-1200 BC
Period: Mycenean (Late Helladic) Period
11.1 x 10 cm
Object number: 910.85.21
Not on view
DescriptionSquat stirrup jar (heavily restored). The shape takes its name from the configuration of the false neck and the two opposing handles, thought to resemble a stirrup. This peculiar configuration makes it possible to stop the flow of liquid from the spout with one's thumb, while at the same time controlling the vessel by the handles attached to the neck of the vessel. This type of vessel was made in Greece, most likely in the region of Mycenae. Imitations were made in Egypt and other places, such as Cyprus. Numerous examples have been found in New Kingdom Egyptian sites, for example at Abydos, Amarna and Gurob. They are indicative of an ongoing trade between Egypt and Mycenaean Greece. The stirrup jars would have originally contained precious liquids, such as perfume or scented oil; it has been even suggested they may have contained opium used for medicinal purposes. This vessel is made of brownish fabric witha  pinkish slip (foreign). The decorative painted band on the shoulder is a  Myceaean flower  design. The body of the vessel is decorated with wide and narrow horizontal orange bands.  There is a well-made ring base.. (Rexine Hummel & S.B. Shubert)
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