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Geometric Oinochoe

Object Details

Title:

Geometric Oinochoe

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (Attic)

Place:

Athens, Greece (Place Created)

Date:

725–700 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Object Number:

82.AE.56.1

Dimensions:

51.3 × 27.8 cm (20 3/16 × 10 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

Bands of meanders, diamonds, ovals, and zigzags decorate the neck and body of this oinochoe (pitcher), while a frieze of stylized birds encircles the rim. The geometric patterns and abstracted rendering of the birds on this vase are characteristic of a new artistic style that emerged in Greece between 900 B.C. and 700 B.C., accordingly known as the Geometric period. Appearing first in Athens, this style quickly spread throughout the Greek world. Rows of meanders, chevrons, triangles, and checkerboard designs often covered the entire surface of decorated vases. Elaborate vessels such as this one were typically placed in graves, perhaps after use at the funerary meal that was held before burial. It may have been used to pour wine for ceremonial offerings or dining.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1982

Willard B. Causey (Santa Ana, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004