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Oinochoe (Pitcher)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique.

Date:

640-625 BCE

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Oinochoe (Pitcher)

Origin

Corinth

Date

640 BCE–625 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1892.255

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