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Apulian Red-Figure Trefoil-Lipped Oinochoe - PF.5356
Origin: Magna Graecia
Circa: 400 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 13.25" (33.7cm) high x 4.75" (12.1cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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An androgynous Eros floats against a black background, with the lower portion of his legs horizontal. The upper area of his broad wings has heavy applications of white, above a band of short vertical lines to suggest feathers. In his right hand he holds a situla (a deep cylindrical vessel) and in his left is a vine leaf with white curly tendrils. In the field is a floating white alabastron (an elongated perfume bottle) and a phiale (a wide, shallow saucer) decorated with a series of white dots along the side. Eros wears necklaces of white beads around his neck, a long strand draped over the right shoulder hanging below the left hip, three strands around the left thigh and a series of anklets. His kekryphalos (a cloth binding the hair) is also ornamented with beads and tassels. Above on the rim is a meander pattern and on the neck are long, vertical white lines. Intricate floral motifs provide further decoration on the body. Eros was one of the most popular subjects in ancient Greek and Roman art, a minor deity whose dual nature affected the love lives of men and women throughout the age of myths and legends. - (PF.5356)

 

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