Group of four vases

Period: Latter part of the Early Bronze Age

Date: ca. 2300–2000 B.C.

Culture: Northwest Anatolian

Medium: Electrum, gilded silver, silver

Dimensions: H. of vase with lid 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
H. of cup 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
diameter of phiale 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
H. of beaker 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.281.45a, b–.48


These four vases, which are said to have been found together, are best paralleled by pieces found by Heinrich Schliemann at Troy in a stratigraphic level know as Troy II. The wealth of jewelry and objects from the latest phase, Troy IIg, led Schliemann to believe that he had found the city described by Homer. In reality, this material is datable to about a thousand years before the Trojan War.