A fine example of a Corinthian terracotta alabastron decorated with horizontal bands and an animal frieze on the lower half, alternating with black and red paint. The piece has a body that extends downwards into a slightly flared, flat base, and upwards into a narrow neck and wide, protruding rim. A small handle is attached to this flat area. The mammals in the lower half are unclear in species, but are all in the same identical pose.
Date: Circa late 7th Century-6th Century B.C. Provenance: Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired prior to 1995. Condition: Very good condition. Some wear visible from the paint.
Corinth was one of the major states in the Greek world. In 550 BC, Corinth joined the Peloponnesian League, and so was allied with Sparta during the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars (as documented by Herodotus and Thucydides). Corinthian pottery is distinct in its style, in much the same way Black-figure and red-figure wares are. Corinthian pottery was the largest group of exported wares from the 7th and 6th centuries, following the Geometric style. It continued to be made up until the 5th century, although Attic pottery had grown steadily in popularity by this point. By the 4th century Corinthian pottery had almost entirely ceased in production.
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