Linear B Inscribed Stirrup Jar (ISJ) Transcriptions

WORK IN PROGRESS

I want a consolidated place to review the transcriptions of the ISJs, so I'm making one here. It will probably take me awhile to get all of them consolidated here, as there are approximately 1302-180 inscribed stirrup jars with Linear B inscriptions.

ISJs are denoted by the letter Z in their artefact id, i.e. TI Z 9 is an inscribed stirrup jar from Tiryns (TI). There are a very few inscribed vessels which aren't stirrup jars denoted with Z, but the bulk of the Z artefacts are stirrup jars.

As described by van Alfen 2008, longer inscriptions are generally of the form Anthroponym + Toponym + Anthroponym.

Armenoi (AR)
AR Z 1:

Eleusis (EL)
EL Z 1 (Carratelli 19646):
da-*22-to
da-pu2-ra-zo wa

Khania (KH)
KH Z 3: MA-DI-JO
KH Z 16: WA (single sign, incised before firing, not painted)

Knossos (KN)
KN Z 1716:

Kreusis

Malia

Midea (MI)
MI Z 4:

Mycenae (MY)
MY Z 202: ]E-RA ??2, 4 KA-TA-RO not sure if order is right yet
MY Z 664: ]-KA-MO ??2

Orchomenos (OR)

OR Z 1

ti-sa-ri-[.] δ 316

OR Z 1 Script Minoa II
Evans 19095 Fig. 31 & 32 (digitized in 2007 with funding from the Microsoft Corporation)

Thebes


TH Z 852 from the Linear B Photo Gallery

Thebes (TH)
TH Z 839: KA-U-NO O-DU-RU-WI-JO , WA-NA-KA-TE-RO (facsimile and drawing of jar on p. 242 van Alfen 2008)3
TH Z 840:
TH Z 841:
TH Z 843:
TH Z 845:
TH Z 846: PI-PI WA-TO ??4 not sure if order is right yet
TH Z 847: E-[.]-RA (drawing of jar on p. 241 van Alfen 2008)
TH Z 849: A-RE-ZO-ME-NE WA-TO RE-U-KO-JO4
TH Z 851: A-RE-ZO-ME-NE WA-TO RE-U-KO-JO4
TH Z 852: A-RE-ZO-ME-NE WA-TO RE-U-KO-JO4
TH Z 853: E-U-DA-MO , WA-TO , RI-*82-TA-O
TH Z 854: ?? WA-TO ??
TH Z 855: WO-[.]-DA
TH Z 856:
TH Z 858:
TH Z 859: non-Linear B inscription
TH Z 864: ?? WA-TO ??
TH Z 865:
TH Z 866:
TH Z 867:
TH Z 868:
TH Z 878: ?? WA-TO ??
TH Z 879:
TH Z 882: ?? WA-TO ??
TH Z 960:

Tiryns (TI)
TI Z 1: U-PA-TA-RO4
TI Z 2: U-PA-TA-RO4
TI Z 3: U-PA-TA-RO4
TI Z 4: U-PA-TA-RO4
TI Z 5: U-PA-TA-RO4
TI Z 9:
TI Z 15: NO-DI-ZO
TI Z 27: *56-KO-WE 2, 4
TI Z 29: SI-RA-]-(RI?)-JO WA-NA-(KA?)-[TE-RO2, 4


1 Tosa, Dygo "Minoans and Mycenaeans at DA-*22-TO"
2 Palaima, Thomas 1984 Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici (SMEA) v. 25 "Inscribed Stirrup Jars and Regionalism in Linear B Crete"
3 van Alfen, Peter G.
    2008 A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World (ed. Yves Duhoux & Anna Morpurgo Davies) "The Linear B Inscribed Vases" p. 235-242
    1998 Minos 31-32 "The Linear B Inscribed Stirrup Jars as Links in an Administrative Chain" p. 251-274
4 Hallager, Erik 1987 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) "The Inscribed Stirrup Jars: Implications for Late Minoan IIIB Crete"
5 Evans, Sir Arthur 1909 Scripta Minoa II
6 Carratelli, Ioannes Pugliese 1964 Documenta Mycenaea

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8 Responses to Linear B Inscribed Stirrup Jar (ISJ) Transcriptions

  1. See now the very interesting article by Y. Duhoux, LA FONCTION DES VASES À ÉTRIER INSCRITS EN LINÉAIRE B, Kadmos 49 (2010) 47-92. Judith

  2. Andras Zeke says:

    Thank you Kim for posting all that stuff. There are many interesting toponyms mentioned there. Combined with their findspots, they give yet another hint where these unknown places might lie – and what their trade connections were. For example, DA-*22-TO (the jar was found at Eleusis) is known from the Knossos tablets – lying somewhere in mid-western Crete. O-DU-RU-WI-JO is even more striking, since it is derived from another western Cretan toponym (O-DU-RU-WE), with the jug found at Thebes – a nice distance. The same is true for WA-TO (Crete→Thebes) and *56-KO-WE (Crete→Tyrins). These discoveries suggest that there were likely many important north-south (naval) trade routes in the Bronze age Mediterranean, where some liquid agricultural goods (olive-oil? wine?) were also exchanged.

    By the way, do you think that MA-DI-JO (KH Z3) could also be a toponym? In that case, it could nicely correspond to a Linear A term MA-DI – probably a place-name.

  3. kiminoa says:

    From the top of the post: “As described by van Alfen 2008, longer inscriptions are generally of the form Anthroponym + Toponym + Anthroponym.” I think this the case for both of the ones you mention. Have you found a good library that has some of the journal articles yet? van Alfen’s 1998 article is available online; see the Bibliography at the bottom of the post.

  4. Matthew Harmston says:

    Hi Kim,

    What do you translate TH Z 839 and TI Z 29 as saying. I have an idea what it may be as i am recognising more word endings and their meanings etc.

    Cheers,
    Matt.

  5. Matt Harmston says:

    Another great idea Kim. I can practice my Linear B. I meant to ask you in one of your posts you mentioned work. What do you do for a living when not being an independent scholar. {If you don’t want to answer that’s fine or if you would prefer off the blog you can always use my above email address}. My guess is that you work in some sort of administrative capacity for Uncle Sam.

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