The frieze with its animal subject is structured on two separate registers: flowers made up of dotted circles are alternated among the figures. On the upper register we find: Asian wild goat and lion, bull and stork, facing one another; a bird in flight between two sphinxes facing one another and two panthers; goat and lion, wild boar and panther facing one another. On the lower register there are: deer and panther, goat and panther facing one another; a bull between two lions, a charging ram facing a panther and a charging ram facing a lioness. The shoulder is decorated with a frame of black, red and white tabs and a dense pattern of black and red scales; at the level of the handle there is a metope, filled with flowers, and the isolated figure of a bird.
The vase was attributed by Payne to the Vatican Painter 73, the conventional denomination of a Corinthian ceramic painter who worked during the period of transition between the Protocorinthian and Corinthian styles, and whose name is taken from the Vatican Olpe.