Jun 25, 2019
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 25, 2019

Black-Figure Olpe (Wine Jug): Rooster

Black-Figure Olpe (Wine Jug): Rooster

c. 575 BC

Ceramic

Overall: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.355

Location

Did you know?

Roosters appear frequently on vases—alone, in cock fights, and as love gifts.

Description

Although this wine jug, simply decorated with a rooster and two lotus blossoms, looks much like Athenian vases, it was made in Corinth. The paler buff color of the Corinthian clay can be seen on the handle and in some areas of loss, but the background of the decorated area has been covered with a red slip imitating the reddish, iron-rich Attic (or Athenian) clay. On the back of the vase, two reserved (red) crescent shapes may represent eyes, like those painted in much more detail on many drinking cups of this period.

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

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