These vases belong to the later stage of geometric pottery, in which figure subjects are shown in combination with maeanders, chequers and other strictly geometric decorations.

1) Pitcher with lid - in the centre is a large object covered with a chequer pattern, possibly a table, an altar or perhaps a tomb. At each end of the large object is a seated figure holding an object in each hand. The action suggests spinning, but there is no clear indication that this was the artist's intention; 2) A cup with one handle - At each end of the maeander is a square panel, one portraying a long-horned Cretan goat, the other, two Cretan goats rearing, often found in Mycenaean art.


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