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Attic Black Ground Chous (Jug)

400 BCE

2 15/16 x 2 1/16 x 1/8 in. (7.5 x 5.2 x 0.3 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: P.2159
Geography: Europe, Greece
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Jugs
Culture/Nationality: Attic

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  • Attic - Style and culture of the region of Attica. For culture particular to the capital of Attica, Athens, use "Athenian."
  • choes - Refers to one of the most common forms of oinochoe. This type is usually red-figured and features a trefoil (three-spouted) mouth and bulbous body continuously curved from neck to foot. The chous was a standard unit of measure, equivalent to about 3.28 liters. The chous was especially associated with the Anthesteria, an Athenian festival celebrating wine, the wine god Dionysos, and the dead. The second day of the festival was called 'Chous.' It was customary during the festival to drink from choes and to pour libations from them at tombs. Miniature red-figured choes, decorated with scenes of children at play, were probably festival gifts to children or gifts offered at a child's grave.
  • Classical - Refers to an ancient Greek style and period that begins around 480 BCE, when the Greek city-states defeated the Persian invaders, and ends around 323 BCE, with the death of Alexander the Great. It is characterized by the rebuilding of cities after the Persian wars, the flourishing of philosophy, drama, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the other arts. In the visual arts, it is known for the mastery of the human form and sophistication of architectural design.
  • Eros
  • vase paintings - Refers to two-dimensional decoration applied to pottery by using paint made of metallic oxides or other pigments held in suspension in slip or another medium. The term is particularly used to refer to Ancient Greek red- and black-figure works. See also "porcelain paintings (visual works)."

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Ancient Life on Greek Pottery Bryn Mawr College , Mar 30, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past Hood Museum of Art , Aug 23, 2003 – Dec 5, 2004
  • Aspects of Ancient Greece Allentown Art Museum , Sep 16, 1979 – Dec 30, 1979

  • Owner Name: Charles Kaufman Williams II
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
    Acquisition Method: Purchase
    Disposal Method: Donation
    Ownership End Date: 1975

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, PhD and Gloria Ferrari Pinney. Aspects of Ancient Greece. Allentown Art Museum. Allentown, PA, 1979
    Page Number: 104-105, Figure Number: 49
  • Richard Hamilton, Choes and Anthesteria: Athenian Iconography and Ritual University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1992
    Page Number: 0, 183, Figure Number: 8
  • Jenifer Neils and John H. Oakley. Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past Yale University Press. New Haven and London, 2003
    Page Number: 16, 285-286, 323, Figure Number: 97

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