The item we are offering here is an Amphora that measures 12" high. It has a nice weight to it, is stamped on the bottom and numbered 113, and is painted in the typical style of that period when the background was light (red) and drawings were dark (black), as opposed to the earlier period, the Dorian period, when the background was dark and the drawing was light, or red and black. The original dates from c.450 B.C., the height of the Classical period, otherwise known as the Hellenistic period.
The Oinochoe is a vase that was designed as a wine jug from
which wine was poured directly into the cups. It has one handle and is shaped
very much like a modern pitcher. The original dates from c.450 B.C., the
height of the Classical period, otherwise known as the Hellenistic period.
The figures depict a scene with Adonis sitting on a chair and Aphrodite
sitting at his feet entranced by his conversation. She's the Goddess of
Love so it's not surprising to see her enjoying the company of her various
suitors. A Satyr stands nearby holding a mask in his hand near his face.
He will perform for them. A branch overdrapes them and helps create a bucolic
scene. A large floral-like pattern adorns the other side of the Oinochoe.
The detail of the figures, clothing, setting, and plants are all very fine.
In addition, the oinochoe is enhanced by geometric designs that are softened
this time with sweeping arabesques, and a large pattern on the back of the
vase which is intended to be displayed unidirectionally.