This is a beautiful vintage reproduction of an Ancient Greek oinochoe vase with black figure decoration.
Black-figure pottery is characterized by a design of predominately black shapes or silhouettes on a contrasting background, usually orange or sienna red.
Much like the oinochoe, black-figure was a predominating style in the 6th and 5th centuries.
This petite vase is a beautiful example of the oinochoe vase that was very popular in the 6th century B.C. in Greece.
The shape (which has many variations) is usually distinguished by a bowl-shaped or spouted neck with a single handle attached at the side.
The oinochoe is the most common vase shape in Ancient Greek pottery and was used as a wine carrying vessel.
The handle, neck and base of the vase are finished in a deep, matte brown while the shoulder and body have been artfully decorated with a beautifully detailed animal scene.
The vase displays a wonderful, textural finish which replicates the look and feel of an ancient original perfectly.
As you can see, the scene features two goats flanking a swan with its wings fully extended.
To the Ancient Greeks, the goat symbolized practical wisdom and the diplomatic victories of men.
Alternately, goats may have been a representation of the hedonistic lifestyle of the goat-god, Pan.
The swan held a strong association to poetry for the Greeks.
The Greek poet Homer asserted that this was because the mythological bard Orpheus was said to have turned into a swan after his murder.
Conversely, the Greek philosopher Socrates believed the Swan to symbolize philosophy.
The scene is rendered in beautiful detail with black as the predominating foreground color along with touches of dark sienna.
Delicate details have been hand-etched into the scene for added dimension while varying floral-shapes and dots fill the negative space.
The shoulder is decorated with a repeating pattern of tear-drop petals in sienna over black.
There is a hand-painted inscription on the underside of the vase with reads "Korinthian Oinochoe, Exact Copy, C. 640 B-C, Hand Made in Greece".
A small, abstract-shaped metal tag hangs from the vase's handle on a bent wire. This is likely a maker's tag of sorts.
We are thrilled to say that the vase shows almost no discernable wear and remains in excellent vintage condition.
Measurements: 4-1/2" tall, 2-3/4 at widest point, Belly has a 9-1/2 circumference, Base is 1-3/4 in diameter Weight: 135.4 grams (4.78 oz)
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