|Collection:||Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums|
|Context:||Said to be from Salamis|
|Date:||ca. 1410 BC - ca. 1385 BC|
H. 0.29 m.
|Ceramic Phase:||Late Helladic III A:1|
|Period:||Late Bronze Age|
Unbroken. Considerable surface abrasion, especially on the back and sides.
Decoration in red slip on a ground of orange-buff slip. Filling the upper half of the body are three large and highly stylized argonauts, a type of cephalopod. In each case, three long coiling tentacles emerge from a body represented as a group of stacked chevrons edged with dots (the dots lacking in one case). Below the base of the handle are two vertical wavy lines, side-by-side, resembling snakes. The base is red and there is a stripe above it. Also red are the inside of the mouth and the outside of the handle. There are stripes on the neck, spout, and the edge of the rim.
Broad-shouldered body sharply tapering to a flat, narrow base; slender, concave neck with a fillet at the juncture with the body; beaked spout; strap handle from shoulder to rim. The shape corresponds to FS: 144, placed by Furumark in LH III A:1 and with a body described by him as "depressed ovoid-conical," to distinguish it from the plumper and less tapering FS: 143 ("depressed ovoid"), which he assigns to LH II B. Supporting this attribution is the nearly perpendicular handle, which differs from the sloping handle of FS: 143. See
Bequest of David M. Robinson.
AJA 54 (1950) 1-9 [for this vase, 3-6, pls. 1 and 5]
Ancient Art in American Private Collections pl. 36, no. 133