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