Mycenaean Alabastron

Culture: Mycenaean
Period: 1400-1300 B.C.
Material: Terrakotta
Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 9 cm
Price: Reserved
Ref: 2088
Provenance: Private collection Surgeon-General Dr. Josef Mayer-Riefenthaler, Vienna, Austria. Acquired in Cyprus in the 1960s, during his deployment as UN soldier.
Condition: Intact
Description: On its shoulder three small, red coloured handles. Spirals and concentric circles on the base, as well as on the body and the shoulder. Between the handles vertical lines. A similar model is in the British Museum (see museum number 1899, 1229.121). It is until today not clear what exactly was stored in these vessels. Researchers assume that for sure they were products from the Aegean, like sesame or olive oil. Rare.