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Terracotta jar with three handles

Late Minoan I
ca. 1600–1500 B.C.
13 9/16 × 10 3/4 in. (34.4 × 27.3 cm)
Diam. of foot: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Diam. of rim: 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
This jar is from the collection of Heinrich Schliemann. The spirals, arches, and other curvilinear motifs admirably complement the volumes of the shape and such functional adjuncts as the handles, which could have secured a cover or facilitated lifting with a rope.
Said to be from Knossos

Until 1890, collection of Heinrich Schliemann; until 1922, collection of Mrs. Andromache L. Mela (daughter of H. Schliemann), Athens; acquired in 1922, purchased from Mrs. A. L. Mela.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Early Greek and Etruscan Vases: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (4): p. 97, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 13, 162, pl. 2f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 5, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 48, pp. 94–95, 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. 15, pp. 38, 411, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. no. 2, pp. 11, 24, 36–39, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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