c. 740-730 BC
(Greek, Attic, Late Geometric Ib-IIa)
Overall: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.259
The stylized swans lend their name to the otherwise anonymous decorator of this vase.
A common shape in the Late Geometric period, the pitcher often attains large dimensions, offering the painter multiple zones for decoration. Here, the neck and body bear wide bands with alternating squares of swans and swastikas, while standing leaves encircle the shoulder. Also known as a hooked cross, the swastika appears frequently as a decorative motif in Greek Geometric pottery, without any clear meaning. The stylized swans likely represent one of many waterfowl species native to Greece.
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