Four-handled jar (pithos) with lid

Greek
Middle Geometric Period
850–745 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 283.

Dimensions

Height (vase) 32.1 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

81.320a-b

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Jar (pithos) and lid. Two pairs of handles on opposite sides, and two single handles, one each midway between double handles. Double handles are hatched, and singles decorated with hatching and zig-zags. On lid: cross-hatched triangles on knob, dark band and hatched meander. On body, between double handles, a panel of decoration (with single handle at center), including cross-hatched diamonds, zig-zags and hatched meander. Below this, mainly dark slip with a efw bands of reserve and slip.

Provenance

By date unknown: H. P. Kidder Collection (according to E. Robinson, Catalogue of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Vases, no. 11: found in Crete); gift of H. P. Kidder to MFA, December 1881

Credit Line

Gift of H. P. Kidder