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late 6th century BC-5th century BC

9.4 × 6.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Eastern Mediterranean
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1893
Gallery location
Not on display
Opaque white oenochoe with a trefoil rim splayed out above a short, cylindrical neck, ovoid body and splayed foot stand, probably concave below. It has a high-swung "strap" handle, plano-convex in section, joined from the rim to the shoulder. The vessel is decorated around the rim edge with a single wine-coloured trail and a long continuous trail beginning on the shoulder and running in eight spiral curls to the maximum diameter. The top two lines are horizontal and the rest are combed two ways into zigzags. Below this is a separate thin trail in three horizontal lines with overlapping ends; at the edge of the foot-stand is a single trail. The vessel is modelled on a core and the mouth of the vessel where the rim joins the neck still shows a rough edge caused by forming on a core-rod. The rim is tooled round this in the form of a horizontal disk, after the vessel was released from the core, and this disk was then passed up to a vertical position at the back and tooled in at the sides to render it trefoil. The handle was dropped on at the shoulder and drawn up to the rim after trails in place (as distortion upwards of top trails indicate); the foot stand was tooled on. The trails at the rim and on the foot-stand are unmarvered, the remainder are marvered. The combing of trails has rendered the body slightly ribbed.