Bronze oinochoe

Period: Archaic

Date: mid-6th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall: 13 9/16in. (34.4cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Purchase,The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Shelby White and Leon Levy Gift, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.158


The word "oinochoe" means "wine pourer", and the shape was a very common one throughout the Greek world. During the Archaic period, the oinochoe and the hydria (water jar) were often embellished with figural elements integrated into the handles. Here, the head of a woman appears at the top of the handle, a panther head and palmette at the bottom. This work is distinguished not only by its fine state of preservation but also by its exceptional vigor and simplicity.