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Etruscan Red-Ware Pithos with Relief Decorations - X.0528
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 575 BC to 550 BC
Dimensions: 34" (86.4cm) high
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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This large pithos, or storage jar, is ovoid in form on a flat base. The body is decorated with moulded vertical fluting above a wide band with an applied zig-zag design. The most interesting feature is the impressed frieze with the repeated motif of a mythological creature- half-stag and half-human. This vessel was produced in a transitional period which saw the introduction of animal and human motifs into decorative schemes previously dominated by geometric designs. Indeed, the outline of the mythical beast is itself influenced by earlier traditions, with its angular silhouette. A vessel of this type would have been used to store a variety of products including wine, grain, seeds or oil. Despite its utilitarian function the ancient craftsmen could not resist the temptation to embellish its large surface area. Above the frieze is an applied rope-like design with circular roundels. The neck is flared and the surface of the clay has been coated with a red slip. (AM) - (X.0528)


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