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. Corinthian pottery from the 7th and 6th centuries BC is noted for its depiction of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic creatures. Animal friezes are the most common type of decoration on Corinthian vessels, depicting the usual menagerie of panthers, grazing goats, lions and birds as well as mythological creatures including sirens, sphinxes and occasionally griffins.
Corinthian Alabastron with Panthers
A fine example of a Corinthian terracotta alabastron decorated with two panthers and some floral designs. The piece has a long rounded body that reaches upwards into a narrow neck and wide, protruding rim. A small handle is attached to this flat area. The panthers are painted in black paint, and face towards each other while looking out at the viewer. Between them and behind them are singular flower designs, providing a sense of symmetry to the flask.
Provenance: Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired prior to 1995.
Condition: Very good condition. The paint has lightened on some areas.