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Bloomington 72.144.4

East Greek Trefoil Oinochoe Early Fikellura ca. 580 B.C.

Lent by the Indiana University Art Museum; Museum Purchase (72.144.4).

The Vase: H. 30.8 cm; H. without handle 26.8 cm; D. of foot 10.3 cm; D. of lip 13.0 cm; max. D. 20.0 cm. Intact; surface pitted and chipped in some areas, larger spots of wear and abrasion. Trefoil oinochoe, low flaring ring foot, heavy, ovoid body, low offset neck, wide trefoil mouth, three-reeded handle. Decoration in brown glaze varying from dark to thin and light. Surface covered with thin, cream slip, partially gone. Foot and beginning of lower body glazed with brown glaze (now missing). Three-reeded handle barred on exterior, reserved on interior. The clay is rather porous in structure with grog and some calcine impurities, with small micaceous specks. Its color reads approximately 2.5 YR 6/6 light red (Munsell).

Decoration: The central panel (only on obverse) is framed by a simple, vertical guilloche on either side, with filled centers, and the panel contains: a leaping dog, an ibex, a leaping dog and ibex (all r.). The filling ornament: triglyph motive in two different heights at the base line; in the very center, below, a somewhat abstract palmette; on top, a hanging half rosette (with a triangular interior subdivision and an outer border of small squares in between a double line); at the left, a large, now rather faded, quatrefoil rosette. Spoked-wheel rosettes, dot-rosettes and cross-designs are scattered, spaciously. Three registers of "crescents," the middle one in reverse direction, each register separated by a row of dots bounded by thin lines. A row of simple strokes (tongue patterns) at the base of the neck, and a meander band on the neck. There is a square, in brown glaze, drawn at the base of the handle and the reverse is otherwise decorated with rays. There are now only traces of added red on the decoration. For a brief mention of the acquisition of the piece: GBA Supp. La Chronique des Arts no. 1261 (February 1974) 99.


(unpublished)

W.G.M.

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