Attributed to the Stuttgart Group
Date: ca. 325–300 B.C.
Culture: Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium: Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions: H. with handle 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number: 06.1021.211
The oinochoe's base is not solid but open, preventing the vase from holding any contents. This intentional perforation of the vase during its production demonstrates that it, like its counterpart 06.1021.209, was intended only for funerary use. The appearance of Nike (Victory) on such a demonstrably funereal vase may reflect the purchaser's belief in an afterlife. The presence of Eros carrying a situla, associated with Dionysos, god of wine, connects the idea of victory over death with the realm of the mystery cults of Dionysos, which promised eternal bliss to its initiates.