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Italo Corinthian Terracotta Swan Vase

Italo Corinthian Terracotta Swan Vase

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From the collection of Teddy Kollek, First Mayor of a Unified Jerusalem, Italo Crointhian Terracotta Swan Vase, ca. 6th Century BCE. Intact and in excellent condition. 3" x 1 3/4 x 3 1/4". Vase in form of swan with plumb body on splayed feet. Opening in lower back with feather incised through the brown glaze with added pigment. Cf: Christie's New York, June 14, 1993 Lot 46. According to the Archaeological Museum of Bologna, From the VIII century BCE, Corinth became one of the most active centers of Greece for the production and the export of ceramic pottery. Corinthian workshops use a characteristic pale yellow clay, highly purified, decorated at first in geometric style. Already in the last decades of the VIII century BCE, thanks to the rapid assimilation of the decorative and iconography motifs coming from the eastern Mediterranean, Corinthian painters develop a figurative style characterized by real and imaginary animals, by narrative scenes also mythological alternate on the body of the vase with exquisitely decorative elements such as braids, lotus flowers and palms. The technique used is that of the black silhouette on a light background of the clay; the internal details of the figures are outlined through the incision and through the adoption of added colors such as red, purple and white. The large amount of Corinthian vases exported in Etruria and southern Italy and the emigration of Greek craftsmen determined, from about 630 BC, the birth of imitation local production of Corinthian pottery. Among these productions, called Italo-Corinthian, assumed a prominent role, for diffusion and artistic importance, the Etrusco-Corinthian one. In Etruscan centers arose in fact a numerous shops who produced thousands of vases that reproduce forms and decorative motifs of Corinthian models to which sometimes are mixed Greek-oriental influences.