London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A MINOAN PAINTED TERRACOTTA LARNAX
CIRCA 1400-1200 B.C.
The rectangular chest with orange-brown decoration, one side with three large papyrus plants with two smaller papyrus plants between, the other side with two large papyrus plants and a column of shell motifs between, both sides bordered by vertical wavy lines, one short end with two columns each with three bands of wavy lines, the other end with vertical column of spirals and interlocking 'S'-motifs bordered by vertical and wavy lines, the gabled lid with shell motifs on each side, one short end with two spirals, the other with papyrus, the top of the lid with ridge painted with a wavy line, columns and pairs of circular holes pierced through the sides, lid and base, two short legs now separate, lid repaired, two legs missing
34 in. (86.3 cm.) high; 48 in. (122 cm.) long; 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide
Acquired in the late 19th Century by the grandfather of the present owner.
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