About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Greece
  • Date made
    1300 BC - 1250 BC (Late Helladic IIIB1)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    167 mm x 153 mm x 4 mm
  • Note
    Purchased Sotheby's 7-8/7/1924, lot 31. Number R 336-1936 at base
  • Related people
    Sotheby's ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-07-08
    How acquired: From Henry Welcome Solomon
    Owned until: 1981
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-07-08
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-07-08
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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