Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 22, 2009

Geometric Pitcher: Swans

Geometric Pitcher: Swans

c. 740–730 BC

attributed to Swan Painter

(Greek, Attic, Late Geometric Ib-IIa)


Overall: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.259


Did you know?

The stylized swans lend their name to the otherwise anonymous decorator of this vase.


A common shape in the Late Geometric period, the pitcher often attains large dimensions, offering the painter multiple zones for decoration. Here, standing leaves encircle the shoulder, while the neck and body bear wide bands with alternating squares of swans and swastikas. Also known as a hooked cross, the swastika appears frequently as a decorative motif in Greek Geometric pottery, without any clear meaning. The swans, though somewhat abstracted to modern eyes, likely represent one of many waterfowl species native to Greece.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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