Stirrup Jar



Mycenaean vessel known as a 'stirrup jar', named after the stirrup shape formed around the false neck by the handles. The shape is known to Mycenaean archaeologists as FS167 and the decoration classified as 'flower and wavy lines'. This type of vessel was likely to have been used to store perfumed oil. The jar has a splayed base and foot. The main body is round and the decoration on it is of deep red circular bands all along the body. Just below the shoulder there is thin band of vertical zig zag lines, interrupted by small dotted circles. The top area in between the handles has decoration of small ovolos framed on one side with three angled lines and on the other by interrupted lines.