Etrusco-Corinthian exaleiptron (kothon) with black-figure frieze of birds - ROM2018_16820_15


Etrusco-Corinthian exaleiptron (kothon) with black-figure frieze of birds

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised details
Geography: Made in Eturia, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 600-580 BC
Period: Archaic Etruscan period
Object number: 919.5.112
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

This unusual shape called an exaleiptron or kothon, with its incurved rim and three spool-shaped handles, was designed to hold a liquid and may have been used as an oil lamp in a religious setting.

Here an Etruscan potter is making a local imitation of a vase shape and style of decoration which was typically Corinthian, dating to the Early Corinthian period. At this period, decorated pots from Corinth in Greece were very popular throughout the Mediterranean region, and the local potters were taking advantage of this popularity by creating their own copies.

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