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Oinochoe (Pitcher)

A work made of terracotta, black-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure.


640-625 BCE


Greek; Corinth

About this artwork

This jug was probably used to serve wine at gatherings. The pinched mouth forms a narrow channel that controls the flow of its contents when poured.

The seventh century marks the beginning of the Archaic period (700–480 BC). In Corinth, vase painters embellished their pottery with creatures, both real and imaginary, and sometimes humans and gods. These artisans also explored new methods of decoration, often painting their subjects in silhouette with black gloss and added details by incising through the black to reveal the lighter clay below. Sometimes a reddish-purple or creamy white gloss was also added, as is the case here.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Oinochoe (Pitcher)


Corinth (Object made in)

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640 BCE–625 BCE


terracotta, black-figure


24.8 × 18.2 × 18.2 cm (9 3/4 × 7 1/8 × 7 1/8 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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