MYCENAEAN STIRRUP JAR; The ovoid body tapers beautifully and rests on a low, slightly flared foot ring and has the characteristic arrangement of a central “false” spout closed by stirrup handles and an off-center short cylindrical spout with a flaring rim and narrow opening interior. The body is decorated with a series of solid painted bands leading up to the shoulder of the vessel. On the shoulders, behind the spout, is an intricate pairing pairing of concentric circle shapes wich is embellished with solid bands around the edges.
Cf. a stirrup jar in the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, inv. 4743, published in G. Max Bernheimer, Glories of Ancient Greece: Vases and Jewelry from the Borowski Collection (Jerusalem, 2001), cat.no.26, p. 23; a smaller one in Berlin, illustrated in Wolf-Dieter Hellmeyer, Antikenmuseum Berlin (Berlin, 1988), in Vitrine 1,4, no.3 pp. 26-27; a specimen from Asine, illustrated in P.A. Mountjoy, Mycenaean Pottery: An Introduction (Oxford, 2001), fig. 287, p. 106.
12th-11th Century BC
Provenance: Ex. William Froelich Collection, New York City, NY 1960’s-1980’s.