Description: Greece, Corinth, ca. 7th to 6th century BCE. An elegant terracotta amphoriskos whose sides are decorated with beautiful repeated floral and zoomorphic designs. Around the shoulder and the upper body, we see proud felines, probably lionesses, their heads turned to face the viewer, and antelopes, head down, grazing. The term amphoriskos literally means "little amphora"; this vessel was probably used to hold oil, perhaps for cosmetics. Size: 3.75" W x 6.75" H (9.5 cm x 17.1 cm)
During this time, Corinthian pottery developed with the influence of eastern trade connections with the city - creating art with stylized plants and animal friezes, inspired by trade with the Levant, Egypt, and Assyria. This is known as the "Orientalizing Period." The animals shown here probably form a hunting scene, depicting animals likely to be kept by nobility in special hunting preserves in the ancient Near East. For example, the lion did not live in Greece at this time, but is a very common Corinthian motif inspired by Near Eastern societies. The incised detail, combined with trade from Corinth to Attica, may have inspired the incised silhouettes of the black-figure period.
Provenance: private Carlton collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980
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Condition Report: Tiny chip from rim. Very nice remaining details.
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