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Trefoil Oinochoe

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Trefoil Oinochoe


Attributed to Painter of Vatican 73 (Greek (Corinthian), active 650 - 625 B.C.)


Greek (Corinthian)


Corinth, Greece (Place Created)


650–625 B.C.



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27.7 × 19.5 cm (10 7/8 × 7 11/16 in.)

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Object Description

Bands of animals, including lions, panthers, bulls, boars, sphinxes, goats, a ram, and a swan, decorate this Corinthian black-figure oinochoe or jug. With their added colors against the light background, they serve a decorative rather than a narrative role. Rosettes fill the areas between the animals. The use of large areas of incised polychrome decoration such as the tongues or the scale pattern on the shoulder of this vase is typical of Corinthian pottery in the period from 640 to 625 B.C.

The oinochoe was part of the standard Greek table service for the mixing and serving of wine. This one has a pinched spout to facilitate pouring.

by 1982 - 1985

Robin Symes, Limited (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.


"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 187, no. 23.

Amyx, Darrell A. Corinthian Vase-Painting of the Archaic Period (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), p. 336, no. A-10bis.

Neeft, C. W. Addenda and Corrigenda to D. A. Amyx, Corinthian Vase-Painting in the Archaic Period (Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum, 1991), p. 27, no. A-44.

Neeft, C. W. "What Is in a Name? The Painter of Vatican 73 in the Getty," Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 6. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 9 (2000), pp. 1-34, p. 30, cat. no. 57, and passim; figs. 3a-d.