Terracotta stirrup jar with octopus

Period: Late Helladic IIIC

Date: ca. 1200–1100 B.C.

Culture: Helladic, Mycenaean

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); diameter 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Purchase, Louise Eldridge McBurney Gift, 1953

Accession Number: 53.11.6

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The shape takes its name from the configuration of the spout and the two attached handles. Such jars were commonly used to transport liquids. Mycenaean artists adopted the marine motifs from Minoan antecedents.


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[Until 1953, with Nicolas Koutoulakis, Geneva and Paris]; acquired in 1953, purchased from Nicolas Koutoulakis, Galerie Segredakis, Paris.
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