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Object Number: MS642
Current Location: Etruscan Italy Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Italy
Maker: Bearded Sphinx Painter
Locus: Tomb 26
Date Made: 600-500 BC
Early Date: -600
Late Date: -500
Height: 27cm
Outside Diameter:20.8cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Francesco Mancinelli-Scotti, 1896
Other Number94 - Stevenson Etruscan Series Number


Oinochoe. Similar ware to MS 641, red and brown; decorations of zone of animals, a boar, lions, and a leopard fighting a deer. Light cream clay, fine texture. Shape: Underside of foot has flat circular rim and sloping sides. Foot short with rounded edge. Base flaring, belly broad and rounded with sloping shoulders (depressed spherical shape). Drip ledge base of neck. Neck thick, cone shaped. Small ridge at junction with lip. Lip. Trilobate with inner rim flat. Tall, arched handle made of 3 clay coils attached at shoulder. Decoration: design paint brown (varying shades from dark to reddish) with white and purple paint added. Foot brown. Frieze of tall brown rays at base. Broad brown band at lower belly. Shoulder frieze of overlapping scale pattern, outlines of scale, brown and center purple paint. Upper shoulder zone decorated with tongue pattern, all of which are brown, several overlaid with purple. Neck brown with row (hardly distinguishable) of white dot rosettes. Outer lip brown with white dot rosettes either side of spout. Inner lip brown down to mid-neck. Handle brown. Incision on details of animal bodies, feet, legs, heads, shoulders and bristles on boars back. Belly frieze of animal figures, 3 lions, 2 stags, 1 boar - brown with purple added on shoulders and rumps. Thin brown band upper marginof frieze. Incision outlines scales (made with aid of compass) and tongues. Part of handle missing. Several breaks in belly repaired. Two sections lower belly restored.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Etruscan World (15 Mar 2003)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Turfa, Jean M. 2013. The Etruscan World. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 951, fig. 52.9View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Turfa, Jean M. 2005. Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 40, fig. 26; pp. 189-190, no. 189View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] White, Donald, et al. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 25, no. 39View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 54, no. 23View Objects cited in this Publication

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