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Mycenaean Pottery Jar

1600-1200 BC (New Bronze Age)

The Kingdom of Ugarit, as indicated by its antiquities and landmarks, was a thriving commercial centre, gathering together the markets of the world on the east of the Mediterranean. Ugarit sought to make its markets open and active for all. So, we may find many of its antiquities in Cyprus, Crete and north of Africa. Similarly, we may find in Ugarit many imported objects acquired from the cities around the Mediterranean.

The object presented here, for example, is Mycenaean (an ancient civilization founded on the Greek mainland). It is a big pottery jar with two handles and a bulbous body tapering down to a narrow base. It has a cylindrical neck with an embossed rim and an embossed ring base. The widest expanse of the body is ornamented with a scene of a horse drawn chariot. Behind the chariot, there are four people wearing long garments. In front of the chariot three people appear, facing the chariot. All figures are carrying swords. The tapering part of the pottery is decorated with three horizontal bands of an orange brown colour alternating with an empty cream-coloured space. The neck and the base are in the same orange colour, while the figuratively painted scene uses a very dark brown. All the drawings are executed with brown colour of different degrees.

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