Collection: Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums
Summary: Three friezes. Shoulder: four geese. Middle: wild goats. Belly: floral.
Ware: Milesian Wild Goat Style
Context: Said to be from Aeolis
Date: ca. 625 BC - ca. 600 BC

H. 0.317 m.

Shape: Oinochoe
Ceramic Phase: Milesian Middle Wild Goat Style II
Region: Aeolis
Period: Archaic


Broken and repaired; the handle is modern; some abrasion and chipping.

Decoration Description:

The decorated areas are coated with a pale, creamy slip, over which the designs are painted in dark brown slip, fired red or black in places. Covering the body are three decorative friezes separated by broad stripes. The first, which fills most of the shoulder, has four geese, nestled low on the groundline so that their feet are not represented. They are in two pairs, back to back, so that the middle two face each other on the front, separated by a large filling ornament in the form of a swastika with coiled tips. Throughout the background are other filling ornaments, including concentric circles surrounded by dots, dotted quatrefoils, and crosses with T-shaped crossbars on the arms. Pendant from the upper border and rising from the groundline are hatched semi-circles and cross-hatched triangles. In typical East Greek style, the birds are drawn in outline, with no use of incision as on Attic black-figure. In the middle frieze is a row of grazing goats, with black bodies and outlined heads, shoulders, and bellies. They are clearly billy goats (i.e. male), and have beards, long ears, short tails, and long arching horns. The background is cluttered with assorted filling ornaments like those in the upper frieze. The lower body of the vessel is filled with large lotus flowers alternating with lotus buds, all with dark centers and reserved edges. Around the neck is a broad cable pattern with dotted centers. Band of crude tongues around the upper shoulder. Mouth, foot, and handle are black.

Shape Description:

Oinochoe: trefoil mouth; flat, reeded handle; globular body with high, rounded shoulder; hollow, flaring foot; cylindrical neck with fillets at top and bottom.

Material Description:

Clay is a deep beige.

Collection History:

Purchase from the David M. Robinson Fund.

Sources Used:

Sackler Museum files.

Other Bibliography:

Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1965 (Cambridge, Mass. 1966) 66.