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Apulian Red-Figure Trefoil-Lipped Oinochoe - PF.4442
Origin: Magna Graecia
Circa: 500 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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Thick lines border the scene of two figures as if representing walls of a stage set. There is a young woman holding a staff, or thrysos, carried by the followers of Bacchus. She wears a light dress (chiton) with her arms exposed. Her expression is very sweet and gentle as she looks at the other person who also holds a staff. The man is naked except for a lightweight wrap (himation) fluttering loosely behind his back and between his legs. He seems to be suspended in motion, turning to look at the woman who entreats him with her finely drawn face turned slightly upwards. The woman is probably a Maenad confronting her god Bacchus. This jug was part of basic domestic utensils, holding oil or wine, and used by every member of a household. As it passed from hand to hand, the painted scene must have captivated their imaginations-- as it will do for those whose household it next resides. - (PF.4442)


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