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.
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.
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