Overview: handle oblique left rear

Overview: handle rear

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Summary: Frieze of lions, panthers, and grazing ruminants.
Ware: Corinthian
Painter: Attributed to the Painter of Vatican 73
Attributed By: R. Lullies
Date: ca. 630 BC - ca. 615 BC

H 0.235 m.

Primary Citation: Amyx 1988, 68, no. 11
Shape: Oinochoe
Ceramic Phase: Transitional Corinthian
Period: Archaic


There is wear and flaking on the handle, rim, and neck.

Decoration Description:

The handle, rim, and neck are painted black, with white dot-rosettes over the black. On the shoulder, there is a band of tongues, and below that a band with a row of white dot-rosettes. Above the animal frieze are three rows of alternating checks, while below the frieze is a band of rays.

The animal frieze, moving left from the handle to the right, depicts a lion facing left, then a grazing goat facing right, a panther-bird facing right with its head turned to look at the viewer, and a lion facing right. Next are confronting seated sphinxes with sickle-shaped wings; in between them is a siren, wearing a cap. The siren walks up the leg of the right-hand sphinx. After these, there is a lion facing left, a grazing stag facing right, a panther facing left, and under the handle a grazing bull facing right.

Shape Description:

Broad-bottomed oinochoe

Collection History:

Gift of Milton Chumley, 1964.

Sources Used:

Amyx 1988, 68; C. Vermeule "Vases in Boston: Unusual Further Acquisitions, Mycenaean through South Italian," CJ 66 (1970-71): 4-6, figs. 5a-c

Other Bibliography:

D. Amyx, review of F. Villard, CVA France 21, Louvre 13 AJA 70(1966): 296; C. Vermeule "An Etruscan Zoo Revisited," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bulletin 62(1964): 103-113.