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Terracotta stirrup jar with octopus

Period:
Late Helladic IIIC
Date:
ca. 1200–1100 B.C.
Culture:
Helladic, Mycenaean
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); diameter 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louise Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953
Accession Number:
53.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The shape takes its name from the configuration of the spout and the two attached handles. Such jars were commonly used to transport liquids. Mycenaean artists adopted the marine motifs from Minoan antecedents.
[Until 1953, with Nicolas Koutoulakis, Geneva and Paris]; acquired in 1953, purchased from Nicolas Koutoulakis, Galerie Segredakis, Paris.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1954. "Recent Accessions of Greek and Etruscan Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 13(2): p. 60.

Hafner, G. 1961. Geschichte der griechischen Kunst. p. 48, pl. 45, Zürich: Atlantis Verlag.

Caldwell, Wallace Everett and Mary Francis Gyles. 1966. The Ancient World, 3rd Ed.. p. 175, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Rousseau, Theodore. 1970. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 29(3): p. 133.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. no. 46, p. 103, New York: Dutton.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 2, pp. 14-15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 27, pp. 43, 412, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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