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Greek wine jug (stamnos), depicting warrior leaving home and (on other side) youth pursuing woman

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from Attica, Greece

Postcard of Greek wine jug (stamnos), depicting warrior leaving home and (on other side) youth pursuing woman.
000-180-000-289-C
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Greek wine jug (stamnos), depicting warrior leaving home and (on other side) youth pursuing woman

Pots such as this were originally used to hold wine, but were often reused to hold people's cremated remains. The depiction of a warrior leaving would be appropriate for a burial. The pot was made in Attica by an individual known as the Oreithyia Painter.

The pot is made of earthenware, with most of the surface coloured black and the figures shown in red.

In Classical Athens (around 475-325 BC), the dead were cremated and their ashes buried nearby in a container, in a marked grave. People did not make special urns, but reused various containers from the household.


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Online ID: 000-180-000-289-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1881.44.24
Date: Around 480 to 450 BC
c. 480 - 450 BC
Material: Earthenware, red figure decoration
Dimensions: 16.00" H x 15.25" W across handles
What: Stamnos
Subject: Classical ceramics
Who: Bale Collection
Where: Europe, Greece, Attica
Event:
Description: Earthenware stamnos with red figure decoration of a youth pursuing a woman, and a warrior leaving home: Greek, Attic, by the Oreithyia Painter, c. 480 - 450 BC
References:
  • Sheridan, J A (ed). Heaven and Hell and Other Worlds of the Dead. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, 2000. 
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