Mar 6, 2009
Mar 6, 2009
Mar 6, 2009
Mar 6, 2009

Kandila (Collared Jar with Conical Foot)

Kandila (Collared Jar with Conical Foot)

3000-2800 BC

Master A

(Greek)

Marble

Overall: 10.7 x 12.9 cm (4 3/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of the Merrin Family 1991.166

Location

Did you know?

"Cycladic" refers to a group of Aegean islands where vessels like this were made.

Description

Kandila, the modern Greek word used by archaeologists for Early Cycladic stone jars like this one, also refers to a type of hanging oil lamp, similar in shape but made of metal and still used in some Greek Orthodox churches. Despite this name and the formal similarity, the primary function of the prehistoric kandila remains uncertain. The holes drilled through each of its four lugs may have been used for hanging or to secure a lid.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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