Olpe (Pitcher)

Olpe (Pitcher)

c. 575 BC

Black-figure terracotta

Overall: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.355

Description

Although this wine jug, simply decorated with a rooster and two lotus blossoms, looks much like the other vessels in this case, it was made in Corinth rather than Athens. The paler buff color of the Corinthian clay can be seen on the handle and in some areas of loss, but the background of the decorated area has been covered with a red slip imitating the reddish, iron-rich Attic (or Athenian) clay. On the back of the vase, two reserved (red) crescent shapes may represent eyes, like those painted in much more detail on many drinking cups of this period.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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