Stirrup jar decorated with orange horizontal bands and foliate design - ROM2018_16356_1


Stirrup jar decorated with orange horizontal bands and foliate design

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Greek import to Egypt?
Date: c. 1400-1200 BC
Period: Mycenean (Late Helladic) Period
10.8 x 10 cm
Object number: 910.85.20
Not on view

Globular stirrup jar with spout broken off. 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. Orange horizontal bands decorate the shoulder and lower part of this vessel. The widest part of the vessel is undecorated. A decorative foliate band of parallel red lines encircles the neck of the vessel. There is a well-made ring base. (Rexine Hummel & S.B. Shubert) 

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