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Decorated Jug

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
One of the world’s most famous works of Minoan pottery, this vessel shows five mollusks called nautili floating above the sea floor. The sinuous, undulating lines of the water plants and nautili tentacles clearly demonstrate the Minoans’ love of bold, sweeping designs. For the Egyptians, Minoan painting must have provided an exotic contrast to their own balanced, ordered designs.
CULTURES Greek; Minoan
MEDIUM Clay, pigment
DATES ca. 1575–1500 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Minoan IB Period
DIMENSIONS 8 11/16 x Diam. 9 5/8 in. (22 x 24.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Minoan pottery vase of Late Minoan I Period, squat body with one handle and lip. Buff background with black and red marine flora decorations. Condition: The spout is broken. there is a small hole in the base; very small chips are scattered over the body and there is some cracking of the surface on the lower part of the body.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
CAPTION Greek. Decorated Jug, ca. 1575–1500 B.C.E. Clay, pigment, 8 11/16 x Diam. 9 5/8 in. (22 x 24.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.13E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.13E_right_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE right, 37.13E_right_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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