Corinthian olpe
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Corinthian olpe

630-615 BC
ceramic
cat. 16334.

Between the end of the 8th and the 7th cent. BC, the almost absolute primacy of exports in the markets of the Mediterranean belongs to Corinth. Its very refined products are extremely common in Etruria and in southern Italy. This olpe (a pitcher in the form of a pear with a high trumpet-shaped brim), of a transitional style, is decorated with overlapping friezes of an eastern type: panthers, bulls, deer, herons, sphinxes, with rosettes made up of circles of spots on the ivory-coloured background. It was made in Corinth around 630-615 BC by a ceramicist named, precisely on the basis of this example itself, "Painter of the Vatican 73".