Trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

Unknown"750-600 BC" - ""

Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art
Athens, Greece

This oinochoe (wine jug) from Cyprus, an example of "Black on Red Ware", is decorated with a large free-standing aquatic bird in the so-called "Free Field Style". Figured decoration in Cypriot vase-painting first appeared in the Bronze Age, and continued to occur sporadically in the Cypro-Geometric period (1050-750 BC). The pictorial style flourished in the Cypro-Archaic period (750-480 BC), when it became predominant in vase-painting. The "Free Field Style" developed as a distinctive pictorial style in the eastern part of the island. In this style geometric motifs are rare and the painter presents a single pictorial motif or composition on the body of the vase, freely executed. The preferred vase shape was the trefoil-mouth oinochoe, while the most popular subjects are human figures, animals, birds (often with a fish in the beak), schematic flowers as well as various combinations of these. Vases in the "Free Field Style" were usually decorated in "White-Painted" or "Bichrome" technique. The illustrated oinochoe is in "Black on Red Ware" and is, therefore, a rare example of the style.


  • Title: Trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Gender: None
  • Date Created: "750-600 BC" - ""
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: w185 x h240 mm
  • Period: Archaic period
  • Culture: Cypriot
  • Type: oinochoe
  • Rights: N.P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art, Th.N. Zintilis Collection, no. 170, http://www.cycladic.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=NODE&cnode=25&clang=1
  • External Link: Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
  • Medium: clay

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