About this artwork
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, including the outline technique (see the column krater fragment to the right). They also painted 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. This method of decoration is called the black-figure technique.
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.
- Ancient Greek
- Trefoil Oinochoe (Pitcher)
- 640 BC–625 BC
- terracotta, decorated in the black-figure technique
- 24.8 × 18.2 × 18.2 cm (9 3/4 × 7 1/8 × 7 1/8 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund