It's All Greek on Walkabout

The city-state of Corinth was one of the major players in the Ancient Greek world, alongside Athens and Sparta. The city was favourably located on the Isthmus between the Peloponnese and Attica, affording her great opportunities for trade and interaction with other city-states. She was renowned for her prosperity; in extant literary sources from antiquity she is often referred to as “wealthy Corinth”.

The city was pre-eminent in producing and exporting fine pottery during the seventh and sixth centuries BC, until Athens became the leading purveyor. Corinthian pottery is noted for its warm ochre colouring and richly decorated compositions, which often depict mythical and living beasts and birds.

This oinochoe, or 'wine-pouring vessel', is typical of Corinthian ware from the sixth century. It is decorated with two friezes of panthers, birds, ibex and horsemen, surrounded by rosettes and floral motifs, interspersed with ornamental bands.

An original example, dating to ca 590-570 B.C. and attributed to the Canessa Painter, can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:


Our oinochoe has been made and hand-painted for us in Greece.

dimensions etc Height: 16cm

Corinthian oinochoe (medium)

  • Code: VO-204
  • Status: In Stock
  • £90.00

  • excl tax: £75.00