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Athenian red-figure oinochoe (wine jug)

Date: ca. 410 A.D.
Medium: red-figure, clay
Dimensions: height: 29.9 cm
Classification: vase
Inventory Number: T.754
Department: Classical Antiquities

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Athenian red-figure oinochoe (wine jug)

The scene on this jug was painted in the manner of the Meidias Painter, the outstanding master of the late 5th century B.C. Its three figures are named with inscriptions. Apollo, seated in the centre on a rock indicated with incised lines, holds a laurel branch. In front of him Euklea steps onto the rock holding a branch, and behind him Eunomia is portrayed with a garland or necklace. The latter two female figures personify Good Reputation and Good Laws respectively. Their portrayal together proclaims the revival of aristocratic ideals towards the end of the war against Sparta which brought about the fall of the Athenian democracy.

János György Szilágyi