Pelike with black figures
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Pelike with black figures

Cerveteri
late 6th cent. BC
ceramic
height cm 36.9
cat. 16518

The scene of the sale of oil is shown on this pelike (rounded vase with two handles). The precious liquid, preserved in a vase similar to ours, is poured into a smaller container used for unguents (lekythos), while the purchaser is seated on a diphros (a folding chair). The auspicious inscription that runs along the scene "O father Zeus, may I become rich!" inspired the conventional name of the Painter of Plousios given to the author of this amphora of the end of the 6th cent. BC.