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Terracotta stirrup jar

Period:
Late Bronze Age
Date:
ca. 1300–1230 B.C.
Culture:
Mycenaean
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.746
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 173
Large numbers of Mycenaean vases inundated the Cypriot market starting at the beginning of the fourteenth century B.C., perhaps as a result of intensive trade relations between the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean regions. The stirrup jar is one of the most common Mycenaean shapes used to contain liquids such as oil or wine. It is possible, however, that some of the vases, especially those made in the thirteenth century B.C., may have been made by Mycenaean potters working on Cyprus. It is now also well documented that clay was traded in antiquity.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 441, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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