Height: 27.200 cm
Miss E.T. Turner Bequest excavations
GR 1897.4-1.1150 (Vase C 416)
Room 12: Minoan and Mycenaean
Vase decorated with bulls and birds
Mycenaean, about 1300-1200
From Tomb 83, Enkomi, Cyprus
In the 'Pictorial Style'
This vase is a fine example of Mycenaean Pictorial Style pottery. It is decorated with a well-observed scene from nature, showing a cattle egret removing a tick from the hide of a bull. On the other side of the vase is a bull with a bird in the air above it.
The animals on the vase are painted in outline, and their bodies are divided into panels filled with highly decorative patterns. These may reflect the influence of contemporary textile design.
Large numbers of Pictorial Style vases decorated with scenes of humans and animals were made on the Greek mainland and exported to Cyprus, where this one was found.
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R.A. Higgins, Minoan and Mycenean art, new revised edition (London, Thames & Hudson, 1997)
L. Burn, The British Museum book of G-1, revised edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)