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Quadruped altar

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Four-legged altar decorated with incised dotted bands forming maeanders. A post projects from each upper corner of the altar.


By the mid 1990s: Harlan J. and Pamela M. Berk Collection (said to have been purchased from a dealer in London or New York between the late 1980s to the mid 1990s); gift of Harlan J. and Pamela M. Berk to MFA, December 2002

Credit Line

Gift of Harlan J. and Pamela M. Berk

Early European, Balkan, Vinca, Chalcolithic Period, about 4500–4000 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Central Balkans


Height x width x depth: 8.3 x 7.8 x 7.6 cm (3 1/4 x 3 1/16 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World