Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Attributed to the Stuttgart Group

Period: Hellenistic

Date: ca. 325–300 B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian

Medium: Terracotta; red-figure

Dimensions: H. 17 in. (43.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1021.209

Description

The vase, like its companion 06.1021.211, is open at the base, an indication of its intended funerary function as it is useless as a container for the living. Nike, the personification of victory, is repeatedly seen on South Italian vases found in funerary contexts and may express a hope or belief in an afterlife, a symbol of triumph over death.

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