Etruscan red-figure beaked oinochoe with three women's heads - ROM2010_11485_86


Etruscan red-figure beaked oinochoe with three women's heads

Maker: Attributed to the Populonia Torcop Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, with slip paint
Geography: Made in Caere, Etruria, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 350-300 BC
Period: Etruscan Late Classical period
29.8 x 13.2 cm
Object number: 923.13.93
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

The flood of red-figure pottery and the immigration of vase painters first from Athens and then from Southern Italy led to a blossoming of Etruscan wares. Local styles of Etruscan red-figure pottery began around 480 BC and continued until about the early 3rd century BC.

This oinochoe (jug) is decorated in red-figure technique with three large female heads in profile, one on the neck, and two facing each other on the body. They are each wearing a sakkos, which in ancient Greece was a type of headscarf worn by women.

This distinctive decoration indicates that the vase was painted by the Populonia Painter of the Torcop Group of vase-painters from Caere. Beazley named this group of painters after a vase in Toronto (Tor), and a vase in Copenhagen (Cop).  

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