From: Italy | Etruria | Vulci

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

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Object Number MS549
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Etruscan
Provenience Italy | Etruria | Vulci
Locus Tomb 5
Date Made 600-500 BCE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Ceramic
Technique Etrusco-Corinthian
Iconography Animals

Etrusco-Corinthian olpe with painted animal friezes of brown on buff; intact. With rotelli. Shape: short double bevelled foot with flat bottom. Drop ovoid body. Narrow drip ledge at base of neck. Neck thin and flaring to curved lip. Rim flared with broad mouth. Single handle constructed of 3 ropes of clay backed by plain flat strip and attached mid-shoulder. Two discs (round, flat pcs of clay) added on rim either side of handle. Decoration: Design paint dark brown with red and white paint added. Foot brown. Frieze of brown rays at base. Four friezes at upper base, belly, lower shoulder, upper shoulder. Beneath each frieze bands of brown, red, and white, broad band of brown flanked either side by narrower red band and very narrow white bands. Friezes of animal figure and numerous fill motifs (rosettes, dots, shapeless blob ornaments). Animals in 4 zones are lions and stags with one bull and two geese as extras. All animal figures painted brown with red used to highlight. Areas of bodies (shoulder, chest, ribs, neck). Fill ornaments also brown, no addition of extra color. Narrow band of white above and below brown drip ledge, row of white dots on ledge. Neck brown of 3 white quatrefoils around its middle. Rim reserved except for short distance on either side of discs. At junction of handle and rim; a white quatrefoil. Inner neck brown and bears band of red flanked by narrow white bands. Handle brown. Discs brown of superimposed white rosettes on outer face. Incision used to outline areas of animals bodies and to mark features of fill ornaments.

Height 37.9 cm
Outside Diameter 18.6 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Francesco Mancinelli-Scotti, 1896
Other Number 3 - Stevenson Etruscan Series Number

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