Ancient Greece, Mycenaean, ca. 1375 to 1300 BCE. A charming wheel-thrown bi-chrome pottery vessel with a petite discoid foot, a squat spherical body with a smooth shoulder rising to a slender cylindrical section that joins a pair of arching handles which curve to the shoulder, and a petite tubular spout with a flared lip protruding from the side. The cream-slipped vessel is elegantly decorated with circular bands of russet brown pigment - a pair adorning the central body, pairs upon the arched handles, a single band around the spout, and a broad band above the foot. A lovely example! Size: 4.375" in diameter x 4.75" H (11.1 cm x 12.1 cm)
This period is so named for the palace at Mycenae, famed in Homeric legend as the opulent seat of King Agamemnon. Excavations at the palace at Mycenae 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 vessel 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.
Provenance: private Alabama, USA collection; ex Roy Green Collection
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Handle and spout likely reattached. Normal surface wear commensurate with age. There is some in-painting to the bands, but this is very well done. Nice surface deposits as well. Old collection label on base.