Contribution to Book
Large, bold marks are painted or incised on the handles or bases of thirty-seven pictorial vases. These same kinds of marks and same patterns of marking are found on non-pictorial Mycenaean pottery. In general, marks on Mycenaean pottery are rare and the circumstances of their use are not yet fully understood. It is clear that they are associated with Cyprus, and it is most likely that they are associated with Cypriot traders. The marks do indicate that pictorial vases were handled through the same channels and documented in the same manner as the trade in linear and pattern-decorated Mycenaean pottery.
Eva Rystedt & Berit Wells
Swedish Institute at Athens
Hirschfeld, N. (2006). Vases marked for exchange: The not-so-special case of pictorial pottery. In E. Rystedt & B. Wells (Eds.), Pictorial pursuits: Figurative painting on Mycenaean and Geometric pottery. Papers from two seminars at the Swedish Institute at Athens in 1999 and 2001 (pp. 83-96). Stockholm, Sweden: Swedish Institute at Athens.
Pictorial pursuits: Figurative painting on Mycenaean and geometric pottery. Papers from two seminars at the Swedish Institute at Athens in 1999 and 2001