In the Aegean, one of the mainstays of the late Bronze-Age economy was quality (surely, extra-extra virgin!) olive oil.
It was traded in bulk in tin cans. Much as we do today, it was traded – perfumed and perhaps coloured – before being sold as a luxury good in fancy glass bottles.
The Aegean people developed a special clay vase to do these duties – the stirrup jar.
This talk will look at the manufacture, decoration, history and trade-patterns of the stirrup jar and the perfume industry.
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