Oinochoe

Object Details

Title:

Oinochoe

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

East Greek (Milesian)

Place(s):

Ionia (present-day western Turkey) (Place created)

Date:

about 625 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta

Dimensions:

35.7 x 26.5 cm (14 1/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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With its rows of goats and other animals, this oinochoe is characteristic of the Wild Goat style. The name derives from the rows of grazing goats, a favorite motif of East Greek vase-painters. In the Wild Goat style, the vase-painter decorated the surface of the vessel with rows of animals, real and imaginary, and then used floral and geometric patterns as filling ornament between them.

The Greeks living in Ionia on the coast of modern Turkey and the islands just offshore created this distinctive style of pottery in the 600s B.C. During this time, the Greeks interacted a great deal with the cultures of the Near East. As part of this meeting of cultures, Greek artists borrowed and adapted elements from Near Eastern art. Such borrowing can be seen in the multiple rows of animals and the lotus motif found at the base of this vessel.

Provenance
- 1981

Mohammad Yeganeh (Frankfurt, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1981.

Exhibitions
Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence (December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to January 17, 1999
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
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 46.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 42.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 44.

Towne Markus, Elana. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Antiquities. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 29.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 44.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 52.

Kaufler, Steffen. Die archaischen Kannen von Milet. (Diss., Universitat Bochum, 2004). pp. 82-83, fig. 26.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), pp. 24-25, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), pp. 54-55.

Coulié, Anne. La Céramique Grecque aux Époques Géométrique et Orientalisante (Paris: Éditions A. et J. Picard, 2013) 160, fig. 151.

Oakley, John H. The Greek Vase: Art of the Storyteller (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013) p. 15, fig. 5