1 March 2018

Lunchtime talk: The Mycenae stirrup jar

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.

Designed to fit around your lunch hour, our lunchtime talks explore a selection of treasures from our exhibitions and collections.