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Corinthian Pitcher (Olpe) with Animals

This pitcher is a fine example of the Corinthian pottery style. Like the earlier Geometric style, it is characterized by its organization into horizontal bands, emphasis on repeated pattern, and the interplay of dark and light. Corinthian painters, however, expanded the bands that encircle the pots, filling them not only with non-figural designs but also with images of animals (and occasionally humans). The four bands on this vessel are filled with processions of both natural and mythical creatures, including lions, panthers, birds, and sphinxes.

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