Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Polychrome Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Deer and Lions (?)

Polychrome Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Deer and Lions (?)

c. 600-575 BC

Ceramic

Overall: 30.6 cm (12 1/16 in.)

Gift of Dr. Jacob Hirsch 1931.425

Location

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Four animals encircle this jug—two grazing deer and two predators, perhaps lions.

Description

The animal frieze decorating the widest part of this round-bodied wine jug recalls black-figure pottery imported to Etruria from Greece (especially Corinth). The shape itself, with trefoil mouth and raised handle to facilitate pouring, also resembles Greek models, as do the simple tongues and rays above and below. But the polychromed animals—brightly painted with added white and reddish-purple—identify the vase as Etruscan, likely made at Vulci. The two deer seem to be grazing on stylized plants, unconcerned about the unusual animals pursuing them; these may be lions with horns and long tongues.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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