Nov 12, 2009

Piriform (Pear-Shaped) Jar

Piriform (Pear-Shaped) Jar

c. 1400–1300 BC


Diameter: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.); Overall: 17.8 cm (7 in.); Diameter of base: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Gift of Leo Mildenberg 1978.60



This shape was popular in its time as the amphora was several hundred years later, and probably served a similar function as a storage vessel. It was exported and imitated all over the Mediterranean world during the late Bronze Age.

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GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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