Stirrup jar


Medium-size, storage stirrup jar. The stirrup jar - also known as the "false-neck amphora" because the vertical neck was closed and the liquid was poured through a collateral spout on the shoulder of the vase - was the most common Mycenaean vessel for storing and transporting liquids. Medium- and large-size stirrup jars were mainly used as containers for olive oil; to preserve this delicate substance, potters had to build thick walls and secure an airtight environment after filling, usually through the use of lids made of unfired clay. The stirrup jar had been a Minoan invention of the 17th c. BC, which was introduced in Mainland Greece during the 15th c. BC. This example is certainly Mycenaean in manufacture, yet it preserves many Minoan features, such as the narrow base, the monochrome spout and the pressed surface of the disc on top of the false neck.

Collection Number



Late Bronze Age (Ύστερη Εποχή του Χαλκού)


clay (πηλός)


Mycenaean (Μυκηναϊκός)


Υ: 26,2 εκ. / Δ: 27,8 εκ. / ΔΒ: 9,5 εκ. / ΔΧ: 5,2 εκ. / Δ δίσκου: 7,2 εκ.

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