Mycenaean Stirrup Jar


by Mary Harrsch (Photographed at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)
published on 29 September 2012

A Mycenaean terracotta stirrup jar, c. 1200 BCE. The name derives from the resemblance of the handle to a double stirrup. The handle is often decorated with a false spout whilst the true spout is to the side and separate from the handle. This form first appeared in Crete in the 16th century BCE but became popular with the Mycenaeans in the 14th century BCE and was the most commonly produced vessel shape. The design is typical Mycenaean with bands of various width and decoration of stylized forms - in this case leaves - reserved for the neck of the vessel. Stirrup jars were most often used to store wine and oils. Provenance: unknown. (The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA).

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