Mycenaean palace amphora with octopus (NAMA 6725)

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Mycenaean palace amphora, found in the Argolid, in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.jpg

The Mycenaean palace amphora with octopus in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (NAMA) with inventory number Π 6725 is dated to the 15th century BC. It was found in the second grave of the Mycenaean cemetery at Prosymna, near Argos.[1]

It is a three-handled amphora, which belongs to the category of the so-called Palace amphorae, which arrived in the Greek mainland in the Late Helladic II A period (around the first half of the 15th century BC) and was heavily influenced by Minoan palace amphorae.[2] It is decorated with a sea-themed scene, with rocks, seaweed, and three large octopodes, whose long tentacles wind around the whole vase. The work is attributed to a Mycenaean vase painter who was working entirely within the tradition of Cretan Minoan vase painting.


  1. ^ Nikolaos Kaltsas: The National Archaeological Museum, 2007, ISBN 978-960-89339-2-7, p. 145 (online)
  2. ^ On palace amphorae, see: Penelope A. Mountjoy Mycenaean Pottery. An Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2nd edition. 2001, pp. 44f.

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