Ancient Greek Terracotta Oinochoe


A fine small Greek oinochoe finished with a black glaze. The vessel features a piriform body, which slightly narrows at the neck and out-splays into a trefoil mouth. A single handle has been attached from the rim to the shoulder and the oinochoe sits upon a ring foot. The piece has been enriched with a beautiful black glaze which has faded over time in some parts.

Date: Circa 600-400 B.C.
Provenance: Ex K. Furness collection, acquired by descent from her mother. Circa 1950s onwards.
Condition: Fine condition, some of the glaze has now faded.


SKU: HY-31 Category: Tag:

An oenochoe, also spelled oinochoe, which means wine-pourer, is a wine jug and a key form of ancient Greek pottery. There are many different forms of oinochoe; Sir John Beazley distinguished ten types. The earliest is the olpe (ὀλπή, olpḗ), with no distinct shoulder and usually a handle rising above the lip. Key characteristics are the trefoil mouth, curved body and single handle.

To discover more about Ancient Greek pottery, please visit our relevant blog post: Collecting Ancient Greek Vases.

Weight 84.5 g
Dimensions W 5.7 x H 10.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1814,0704.576

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