Cycladic collared jar ('kandila')

Unknown"3200-2800 BC" - ""

Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art
Athens, Greece

Collared jar with conical neck, almost semiglobular body with four pierced lugs, and conical foot. The popular name if this vase type in Greek, "kandila", is due to the similarity of its form to that of the hanging icon-lamps (kandilia) in Orthodox Christian churches. All collared jars of known provenance have been recovered from graves. It is true that their considerable weight made them rather inconvenient for everyday use. However, their lugs are often broken, perhaps due to their use in settlements, prior to their deposition in graves.


  • Title: Cycladic collared jar ('kandila')
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Gender: None
  • Date Created: "3200-2800 BC" - ""
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: h290 mm
  • Period: Early Bronze Age
  • Culture: Cycladic
  • Type: collared jar
  • Rights: N.P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art, N.P. Goulandis Collection, no. 258, http://www.cycladic.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=NODE&cnode=25&clang=1
  • External Link: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
  • Medium: marble

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