c. 650-640 BC
Overall: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.532
Artists may have used a compass-like tool to create the intricate scale patterns.
Tongues encircle the rim, shoulder, and base of this small oil vessel, while two carefully incised bands of scales frame an animal frieze. Here, amid dot rosettes, are a bull, dog, and goat, all facing right, and a left-facing lion with head turned back. The black glaze has misfired red in many places, while added red enlivens numerous tongues, scales, and internal details.
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