Terracotta oinochoe: olpe (jug)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Young horseman between youth and woman

The olpe is a jug characterized by a mouth that is continuous rather than articulated with a spout. This example represents an early type in which the mouth is black rather than decorated. The meaning of the scene is puzzling, insofar as all three figures are holding spears. It may be that the youths are leaving or returning home; the woman with a spear is probably a member of the household.

Terracotta oinochoe: olpe (jug), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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