Ancient Greece, Mycenaean, Late Helladic, ca. 1200 to 1100 BCE. An intact, beautifully proportioned wheel-thrown vessel with a round body, two perky loop handles that rise from the shoulder, a flat disc foot, and a flaring mouth. The surface is a buff pale orange, with thick bands of black around the interior and exterior of the neck and the wide waist. Delicate fineline geometric black motifs are on the shoulder. 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. Size: 5.25" W x 4.9" H (13.3 cm x 12.4 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Intact, with small pits on surface from weathering and light deposits.