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


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.