The original oinochoe dates to approximately the 7th century BC, and is typically Rhodian in style. The central freeze depicts five ibex, prancing amongst symbols of flowers and foliage. The ibex in antiquity symbolized energy, vitality, long life and fertility. The ibex has particular significance within Greek mythology as the ibex Amalthea nurtured Zeus in Crete. Zeus granted the ibex immortality in the form of the constellation Capricorn.

Above the ibex, two mythical bearded creatures look towards each other, and are surrounded by stylistic symbols that complete the shoulders and neck of the vessel. The iconography resonates themes of transition from the Geometric period in painted pottery, to the Archaic. This is identifiable by the two almond shaped eyes that flank the top of the handle, a motif common in Archaic pottery particularly with drinking cups such as the kylix.

Hand-painted for us in Greece.

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dimensions Height including handle: 25cm Diameter at widest point: 13.5cm

Rhodian oinochoe with ibex and male sphinx pair

  • Code: VO-314
  • Status: In Stock
  • £125.00

  • excl tax: £104.17