Black-Figure Olpe (Wine Jug): Rooster

c. 575 BC

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Although this wine jug, simply decorated with a rooster and two lotus blossoms, looks much like Athenian vases, it was made in Corinth. The paler buff color of the Corinthian clay can be seen on the handle and in some areas of loss, but the background of the decorated area has been covered with a red slip imitating the reddish, iron-rich Attic (or Athenian) clay. On the back of the vase, two reserved (red) crescent shapes may represent eyes, like those painted in much more detail on many drinking cups of this period.

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  • Title: Black-Figure Olpe (Wine Jug): Rooster
  • Date Created: c. 575 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 35.5 cm (14 in.)
  • Provenance: Through Harold Woodbury Parsons, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1924.355
  • Medium: ceramic
  • Fun Fact: Roosters appear frequently on vases—alone, in cock fights, and as love gifts.
  • Department: Greek and Roman Art
  • Culture: Greece, Middle/Late Corinthian
  • Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
  • Collection: GR - Greek
  • Accession Number: 1924.355

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