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Pitcher with Horses and Birds

This pitcher is decorated with the bands of geometric patterns that characterize the Geometric period, which developed throughout Greece from the tenth to the eighth centuries BC. While recognizable figures of horses and birds appear on this vessel, they do not serve as narrative elements. Instead, they are incorporated into the design as part of the richly textured pattern.

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