Canosan Terracotta Figural Oinochoe
An ancient Canosan Greek terracotta figural oinochoe. The body of the vessel, with traces of red and pink paint, is surmounted by blue floral appliques at its shoulder, and a draped female figure serving as the neck.
Apulia, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy.
The tradition of replacing the neck of a vessel with a draped female figure was one that often appears in Canosan pottery from the fourth century. This design, which renders the vase useless as a vessel, confirms that its use was strictly funerary (see p. 218 in J. M. Padgett, et al., Vase-Painting in Italy).
Formerly in a North Carolina private collection.