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Fragment of a terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Altenburg Painter

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
East Greek, Milesian, Fikellura
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. of a 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); length of b 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.365a, b
  • Description

    On the shoulder, deer attacked by sphinxes and griffins, water birds
    On the body, bull attacked by lion

    This fine fragment represents an early phase in the development of Fikellura pottery. In the animal groups as well as the drawing, there is a vitality that later subsides. The name Fikellura derives from a site on the island of Rhodes to which this fabric has been attributed. It is now established that the center of production was Miletus.

  • Provenance

    From Cyprus

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, nos. 1725 a-b.

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