Mycenaean stirrup jar with decorative band
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Mycenaean pottery stirrup jar
C. 1400 BC to 1200 BC.
Peak of mycenaean pottery production and wide spread trade.
Late Bronze Age.
Jar with globular body and a decoration of encircling brown bands. A decorative band with a repeating decoration of symbolic signs runs directly above the center of the vessel. It may be a highly stylized figurative representation. Spout and central strap handle on the shoulder.
This is a very characteristic type of vessel for the Mycenaean civilization in Bronze Age Greece. The symbolic decorative band is however rare and makes the piece an outstanding representative of its type.
91mm height. C. 81mm diameter.
Very good condition. The body is complete and intact apart from minor chips. The coloured decortions are largely preserved despite abrasion of the surface. The band with symbols is still clearly visible on one side of the vessel and vanished mostly on the other side.
Acquired by us in 2021 from the estate of the private collector Dr. Ingrid Better, Munich, Germany. Acquired by her circa 1985 on the German art market.
Cf. CVA, Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, volume 7, plate (1285) 2.2.
Cf. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, inv. no. Dr. 012.
R. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art (1977).
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