Greek/Etruscan pottery wine jug

Contributed by Anthony Brown

Greek/Etruscan pottery wine jug

This wine jug (oinochoe) would have been used by everyday people across the Ancient Greek World. Found in Italy it was probably and Etruscan copy of a Greek original or it may have been an import from Attica (mainland Greece) itself. Either way it shows how Greek civilisation (and therefore Greek philosophy, thinking and culture) had spread across large areas of Europe.

The jug itself is of black-glazed pottery and although an everyday item it still shows a careful degree of attention with a small sculpted head of a god on the handle and the decorative striping on the lower half that represent the woven basket that was used to protect larger vessels like amphorae, and which can still be seen on bottles of Chianti to this day.

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