This vessel is carved from a large cube of marble with grey veining. The reworked lug handle is particularly unusual. In her analysis of Cycladic vessels (see below), Getz-Gentle states that of the 1200 kandila lugs known to her, only 15, from 12 vessels, were reworked in antiquity so that they could still be used for suspension.
ProvenanceDr Hans (1900-1967) and Marie-Louise Erlenmeyer (d.1997), Basel, Switzerland; acquired mid 20th century
Private collection, UK
LiteratureCompare a similar example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no.35.11.23
PublicationsPat Getz-Gentle, Stone Vessels of the Cyclades in the Early Bronze Age (Pennsylvania, 1996), p.14 and p.241, no.A36, pl.6e/7a and fig.8c
Sotheby's, New York, USA, Antiquities, 17th December 1996, lot 44