Ancient Greek Painted Black Oinochoe


An ancient Greek, black glazed terracotta oinochoe, decorated in the Gnathian technique. The vessel has a rounded, fluted body tapering towards the foot, and a neck with a wide, trefoil mouth. The oinochoe has a single, curved handle which joins from the rim to the shoulder. The foot of the vessel is a light terracotta colour, while the rest is black, with a garland painted on the centre of the body with two hanging fronds and a flower inbetween these.

Date: Circa 325-300 BC
Condition: Very fine condition with repair at lip and minor scratches off of the black paint.


An oinochoe (literally a wine-pourer) is a jug typically used for pouring wine. This example is Gnathian; a style of pottery first identified in the 4th century wares of the Apulian town of Gnathia. This soon spread, however, to other Greek centres in southern Italy and Sicily. Gnathian ware is most easily recognisable by its white and yellow painted decoration on a black glazed vase. The most common shapes within Gnathian ware were oinochoai, skyphoi, pelikes and bell kraters. The Painter of the Louvre Bottle was one of the leading painters working in the Gnathia technique.

Weight 99.4 g
Dimensions W 7.2 x H 9.9 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item 1856,1226.159

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