Vessel with piriform body, high neck with slightly
everted rim and flat base. The protrusions on the
body denoting breasts, while the two arms in
relief are bent on the belly. Eyes and mouth are
applied in relief below two horizontal continuous
lines indicating eyebrows. A sharp flattened
curved protuberance indicates the nose while the
ears are flanges continuing into the arms.
This type of antropomorphic vessel would have
had either a discoid or curved lid with a small
horn-shaped projection on the top.
This vase is a typical example of the
anthropomorphic pottery from Troy, datable to
the Early Bronze Age II-III (Troy II-V). Pottery
with mould, incised or painted rendering of
human features or full figures -for the most part
female- constituted a special category of Early
Bronze Age pottery thoughout the Aegean and
western Anatolian world, with a particular
significance, probably symbolic and a special
use, possibly ritual.
For a comparable example see: J. Aruz ed., The
Art of the First Cities, 2003: p. 274, no. 179.