Corinthian black-figure amphoriskos with animal frieze decoration - ROM2018_16776_42


Corinthian black-figure amphoriskos with animal frieze decoration

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, slip-painted with incised details
Geography: Made in Corinth, Greece; findspot uncertain, perhaps Cerveteri, Italy
Date: about 580-565 BC
Period: Greek Archaic period
16.5 × 9.6 cm
Object number: 941.24.1
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Amice Calverley
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
DescriptionThis amphoriskos, a miniature amphora shape that was probably used for holding oil, is decorated in the black-figure technique. On the body is a band decorated with a frieze of birds, turning their heads back. The birds do not seem to have beaks, in which case they may be phallos-birds, although these are extremely unusual in Corinthian art. On the shoulder of the vase is a panther and a goat. It is dated to the Middle Corinthian period.
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