Lydian Vase

Culture: Greek/Lydia
Period: Early 6th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 17.6 cm high
Price: Reserved
Ref: 2011
Provenance: Collection Ofner, Austria. Before acquired at a Munich art fair in the 1990s.
Condition: Intact
Description: Beige clay with brown to dark brown painting. Small bulbous vase with separate spout and handle finishing into a curled volute. The spout in clover leaf form together with painted eyes and beak depicting a bird’s head. On each side of the neck is a painted bird with long tail feathers, on the corpus a decoration typical for this region with curved lines of diluted color. This uneven luster application should create a certain marbling effect. Very rare. A very fascinating, unconventional type which combines Lydian elements with Greek-Geometric style.