Oenochoe

Apulian ceramist

Puglia, 4th century BC.

Material: Terracotta decorated with red figures

Size: 25,5 cm high

review by Soprintendenza Archeologica, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Firenze e le provincie di Pistoia e Prato

Ancient Apulian three-lobed oinochoe with long neck decorated with red figures, dating back to the second half of the 4th century BC. C.

This specimen is sculpted with a peculiar pinkish hazel figulina clay and is decorated with black paint and white overpainting. The oinochoe has an ovoid shape and it is characterised by a prominent trilobate mouth with two tips. The lips are grooved and turned outwards. The high concave neck is characterised by a slight groove at its base as well. The triple-ribbed handle is attached both on top of the mouth and at the shoulder, in such a way as to appear dominant. Then, the entire oinochoe is supported by a grooved base. The piece has rich and elegant decorations finished with motifs like white ridges on the neck, black ridges on the shoulder and a band with running waves underneath the pattern. Both sides of the oinochoe are characterised by a fine decoration: A-side is animated by a figurative scene representing a woman that turns her head towards the right side, wearing a radial stephane and a necklace of white pearls. The woman’s hair is wrapped in an embroidered kekriphalos; B-side, which is the back of the woman’s body, is adorned by a large fan-shaped palmette. The specimen is intact in all its parts.

The piece was analysed by the Nucleo Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale of Florence and resulted to be legally sourced. Also, it has obtained the approval for sale by the Soprintendenza Archeologica Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Firenze e le province di Pistoia e Prato.

The piece comes with a permit for free movement issued by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage & Activities of the Florence Office.

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