Greek pottery and human figures

Linda’s latest discovery in the museum stores:

Greek vase with human figures

Greek vase with human figures

The person who collected this elegant Greek pottery jug has written on it “Greek from Mycenae”, which immediately gives rise to Homeric musings!

Sadly, much of the lovely patterning which once decorated this jug has been lost.  However, a pair of human legs remains visible – giving the impression of a reclining figure. The neck of the pot also has a human figure painted on it. He, or perhaps she, is dressed in a flowing robe with a scarf or stole draped over the shoulders. The person is veiled, which could signify a priest, or a mourning figure. Do the legs perhaps belong to a dead person, and is this pot therefore designed to show the mourning of his passing?

Greek vase with human figures - front

Greek vase with human figures – front

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