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Superb Mycenaean Polychrome Pouring Vessel

Greece, Mycenaean Period, Late Bronze Age II, ca. 1450 to 1200 BCE. A gorgeous ceramic pouring vessel with horizontal narrow loop handles on either side just below the rim and a projecting spout from one side. The body of the vessel is conical, tapering to a gently rounded base; the bands of the coil-made construction can still be seen on the interior. Size: 5.4" L x 5.5" W x 2.45" H (13.7 cm x 14 cm x 6.2 cm)

The entire vessel is painted a dark cream color, with dark brown and lighter brown rings around the rim, handles, spouts, and base. The underside of the base has a target pattern painted on it.

This period is so named for the palace at Mycenae, famed in Homeric legend as the opulent seat of King Agamemnon - excavations there revealed an elite and long-lasting society with a great deal of wealth. This extended to the workshops of artisans who produced pottery like this jar both for use in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean world; shiploads of similar jars went out as far as the Levant and Spain, carrying oil, wine, and other commodities. This is a wonderfully preserved example of this lost past.

Condition: Small stable crack on one side; small area of cracking/bubbling to pigment on one side but the pigment remains in place. Encrustation on the interior.

Provenance: Ex-Private East Coast, USA Collection

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