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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

mid-8th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
H. 21 7/16 in. (54.5 cm) H. with handle 23 7/8 in. (60.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
While the oinochoe is a utilitarian shape in later Archaic and Classical art, Geometric examples as large as this one are best considered funerary. Of particular interest is the treatment of the birds on the neck. The similarity between the birds and the purely geometric motifs suggests a very fluid boundary between the natural and the artistic worlds.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 175, pl. 15b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Coldstream, John Nicolas. 1968. Greek Geometric Pottery: A Survey of Ten Local Styles and Their Chronology. p. 67 n. 4, London: Methuen.

Indiana University Art Museum. 1977. "An Attic Late Geometric Pitcher." Indiana University Art Museum Bulletin, 1: p. 9, fig. 5.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 14, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Langdon, Susan. 1993. From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer p. 213 n. 83, Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri.

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