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Greece, Corinth, Italo Corinthian (Etrusco-Corinthian), ca. 600 BCE. A beautiful shard from a polychrome pottery wine pitcher (olpe). The surface is adorned by the head and front section of a boar's body - all delineated in red and dark brown/black slip against a creamy beige ground and incised with extensive details. Florets in the field and remaining banding further enhance this section from an olpe vessel. Size: 2.125" W x 1.75" H (5.4 cm x 4.4 cm)
The Corinthian style evolved from the earlier Geometric style. Surfaces were traditionally organized into horizontal bands, with an emphasis on repeated patterns, as well as an attractive play between light and dark. The Corinthian potters elected to expand the bands encircling the vessels, and fill them with both abstract, non-figural design motifs and zoomorphic images. On occasion they also included anthropomorphic motifs.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, ex New York, USA collector
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