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Greek culture developed in approximately 900 BC, however it did not develop exclusively on the Greek mainland. Since the Greeks were seafarers, they set up city-states throughout the Mediterranean, especially in Ionia (the western coast of Turkey) and on the southern coast of Italy. Religion was a culturally unifying factor for the Greeks and fueled their production of art, from monumental temples to small statuettes given as votive offerings. The museum’s collection includes many art objects that provide insights into Greek religious practices, including a group of marble stelae (gravestones). A renowned collection of decorated pottery offers images of Greek gods as well as scenes from everyday life.

Greek, probably made in Samos, Ionia
Handle in the Form of a Youth
Archaic period, ca. 540 BC
Bronze, solid cast
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the Honorable Burton Y. Berry in recognition of Chancellor Herman B Wells’s services to the University, 78.58

Greek, made in Attica
Attributed to the Amasis Painter
Black-Figure Storage Jar (Amphora) Honoring Dionysos
550–540 BC
Terracotta with added color
H. (with lid) 14 5/16 in. (36.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes, 71.82

Greek, made in Attica (Greece); found in Vulci (Italy)
Attributed to Oltos
Bilingual Eye-Cup with Hermes and Nereids
Archaic period, ca. 520 BC
Terracotta with added color
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.73

Greek, made in Attica
Attributed to the Rycroft Painter
Black-Figure Hydria with Herakles Wrestling Triton
Archaic period, ca. 520–510 BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 20 1/4in. (51.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 77.33

Greek, probably made in Boeotia
Barber Cutting a Man’s Hair
5th-4th century BC
Terracotta and paint
H. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 79.82

Greek, made in Attica
Attributed to the Painter of the Berlin Hydria
Red-Figure Krater with Achilles Killing Penthesilea and Departure Scene
ca. 450 BC
Terracotta with added color
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 85.35

Greek, made in Attica
Stele of the Boy Apolexis
ca. 450–350 BC
Pentelic marble
H. (as preserved) 18 in. (45.8 cm); W. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm); Th. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, V. G. Simkhovitch Collection, 63.105.33

Greek, made in Apulia (Italy)
Attributed to near the Hippolyte Painter
Red-Figure Situla with the Punishment of Actaeon and Offering Scene
Classical period, ca. 350–340 BC
Terracotta with added color
H. (to rim) 13 in. (33.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.97.1

Greek
Necklace with Eros within a Herakles-Knot Clasp
Hellenistic period, ca. 300–250 BC
Gold and glass
Necklace: L. 14 3/16 in. (36.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 70.105.14 G

Greek
Pair of Disc Earrings with Eros Pendants
Hellenistic period, ca.300-250 BC
Gold, glass
H. each 1 7/8 in. (5.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 70.105.14 C–D

Greek
Pendant in the Form of a Siren Playing a Lyre
Hellenistic period, ca. 325–275 BC
Gold
H. 1.4 in. (3.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 71.50.1

Greek, made in Alexandria (Egypt)
Two Engraved Gemstones with Portrait Busts of Ptolemaic Kings
Ptolomaic (Hellenistic) period, ca. 175–25 BC
Garnet
L. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) each
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.85.14, 76.85.13

Greek, made in Melos (Cycladic Islands)
Storage Jar (Amphora) with Ornamental Patterns
Geometric period, ca. 750 BC
Terracotta
H. 27 15/16 in. (71.0 cm), diam. (without handles) 14 3/16 in. (36.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Given in honor of Burton Y. Berry and Herman B Wells
by Thomas T. Solley, 79.68

Greek, made in Attica
Attributed to the Birdseed Painter Workshop
Pitcher with Horses and Birds
Geometric period, ca. 735–700 BC
Terracotta
H. (without handles) 16 5/8 in. (42.2 cm), diam. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 66.10

Greek
Horse
Geometric period, ca. 750–700 BC
Bronze
H. 3 9/16 in. (9.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 64.109.6

Greek, made in Corinth
Corinthian Pitcher (Olpe) with Animals
Archaic period, 6th century BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm) x diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.22.2

Greek, made in Corinth
Corinthian Perfume Bottle (Aryballos)
Archaic period, ca. 625–600 BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm), diam. (of body) 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 77.30.4

Greek
Core-formed Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos)
Archaic period, 6th century BC
Glass
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), diam. (body) 1 15/16 in. (5.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.35.69

Greek, made in Ionia (Anatolia)
Trefoil-Mouth Pitcher (Oinochoe) with Animals
Archaic period, ca. 580–550 BC
Terracotta
H. 10 9/16 in. (26.8 cm), diam.7 7/8 in. (20.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.144.4

Greek, made in Attica
Black-Figure Storage Jar (Amphora) with Horse Head and Dolphin
Archaic period, ca. 550 BC
Terracotta, added color
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm), diam. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 74.10.1