A beautiful Epichysis with a squat belly and a high, slender neck ending in a long beaked spout. This particular shape is referred to as an “epichysis”, and recalls an oinochoi with a low body reminiscent of a pyxis (box).
Such jugs were used in ancient times to serve wine or to fill oil lamps.
This example was entirely black-glazed with diluted clay that vitrified during the firing process, giving the epichysis a beautiful luster. Only the reserved area between the flange and the broad flat base shows the orange-red color of the clay, highlighting the particular and outstanding shape of the vessel. The presence of miltos (a coating of red pigment) on the underside of the container indicates a colonial provenance: by this means, Italiote potters tried to imitate the glowing red color typical of Attic terracotta.
The shoulder of this epichysis is embellished by a band of seven delicate palmettes stamps linked by incised arcs.
The base of the spout is also decorated with two applied knobs rendered as rotelles: the black glaze and various related elements recall the metallic origin of these vessels, which were thus recreated in terracotta for a lower cost, while remaining elegant.