A Cypriot black on red ware oinochoe, circa 750-600 B.C.

The oinochoe is a type of Greek vase that was widely used in antiquity. As its name indicates oinos (wine) and choes (jug), this container was used to pour wine, which is why it always has a wide body, a wide edge and a vertical handle to lift the container. Archaic Cypriot bichrome pottery is a type developed between the end of the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. Manufactured using the lathe, it can show a wide range of different decorative motifs, from geometric to figurative. This spherical-bodied oenocarp is decorated with concentric rings and the motif ´X´ below the mouth.


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