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A South Italian - Campanian oinochoe (Shape II)

Third quarter 4th century BC

Black on red decoration

Height: 26cm
Circumference: 48cm

Museum number: HR9

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 546help-vermeule-catalogue-number

On display: Picture Room Recess (pre-booked tours only)
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Curatorial note

An oinochoe is a wine jug with a curved handle from lip to shoulder and a round or trefoil mouth which was used in serving wine from a krater.

This piece is decorated in black on red.

Side A: A Woman seated left with tray (?) looking back at woman standing left with mirror.

There is thin dentil ornament on the neck and a stylized bay garland, and thin fillet of bay leaves in a band around the figures; there are large palmettes beneath the handle.

This vase belongs to a group of two vases which has been placed by Professor Beazley at the tail end of the Painter of N.Y. 1000 and leading to the APZ Painter. The original vase is Copenhagen 244 (Beazley in JHS 1943, p.90 footnote); Dr. Cambitoglou added a trefoil oinochoe in Manchester of the same shape, subject, and style as both that in Copenhagen and the present example ('Some Campanian Vases in Manchester', p.16, pl.VII); he considers the three vases should be by the same painter and proposes to call him the CMS (Copenhagen-Manchester-Soane) Painter. Compare also Sevrès no.39, a Hydria; and duplicate oinichoe: Nostell Priory, provisional no.51, and BMF368. Note also Vienna 228, an oinochoe with a female head, a vase which is close to the Manchester example.


A. D. Trendall, The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania Campania and Sicily, Oxford 1967, I, p.481, no.301, pl.185, 4 (Cumae 'A' - Workshop of the CA Painter).

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