Stirrup jar

Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Helladic A2 Period
about 1430–1365 B.C.


Height: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



There is a false vertical spout that is bridged by a handle attached to two sides of the shoulder. The shape is named for this unusual handle which was thought to resemble an upside down stirrup. The working spout is placed to one side on the shoulder. There are zones of brown decoration on buff ground with concentric circles on the disc in the center of the handle, chevron stacks on the shoulder, fine lines and broad bands on the body, and a zone of N patterns partly disintegrated to “running dog.” The foot is solid.


By date unknown before 1966: Alice Walton Collection; by 1966: Mrs. Leo H. Dworsky Collection (loaned to MFA, Sept. 8, 1966 as 549.66); gift to MFA from Mrs. Suzanne R. Dworsky, December 20, 1978

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Gift of Mrs. Suzanne R. Dworsky