This black figure Corinthian oil jug from 620 BC is at Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiques) in the Kunstareal of Munich. Many thick dark lines are used to separate the krater into three distinct sections. Repertory of non-mythological animals and hybrid creatures arranged in strips across the belly of the vase are; Boars, Dogs, Hares, Lions, and sphinxs. In these friezes, painters also began to apply lotuses or palmettes for decoration. These palmettes became a well-known identifier of Greek art. Due to its convenience and simplicity the Olpe is a commonly used shape. It is suggested that the site of Corinth was occupied from at least as early as 6500 BCE based on Neolithic pottery. The site was continually occupied through the Early Bronze Age – a time when the settlement acted as a center of trade. Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece, and had a population of approximately 90,000 in 400 BC. This particular piece of pottery fits the description of late black figure pottery, with added colour for effect. There is evidence from excavation of the “potters’ quarter”, just west of Corinth, that supports a resurgent interest in painted wares. The curvaceous flora and fauna that typify the Protocorinthian style replaced traditional angular geometric patterns. Sources:

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