Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Oinochoe (wine jug) with trefoil mouth, depicting exotic animals and monsters
Greece
Orientalizing Period, Corinthian Transitional Style, ca. 630–620 BCE
Pottery
H: 37.5; Diam: 24 cm
Gift of Jan Mitchell, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 71.29.302
 
 
The pattern of panthers, lions, and sphinxes depicted on this characteristic Corinthian vase was probably inspired by Eastern minor arts. Such patterns were well suited to Corinthian pottery, which was made for non-Greek populations in addition to its distribution among the Greeks.

Publications:
Merhav, Rivka, The Jan Mitchell Gift to the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1974

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir