This vase is color blocked, each one of its sections has an important part in telling its story. It is now your turn to try to put the pieces together and put together its possible function.
Some of its parts appear to have a domestic function while others represent the
immortalization of loved ones and memory of life. We have divided the vase into five symbolic parts.
The pieces are numbered and color coded:
The face: preservation of youth, ideal of beauty
The hair and diadem: radiated diadem symbolism of the sky and the sun and memories of life
The statuette: representation of the dead love ones
The base: domestic function. Grounded it direct accesses to the dead
The handle: the connection of the living the dead the handle of life
This is a Greek funerary vase decorated with two female figures, a small statue and a bust. The origins of the vase can be attributed to Canosan pottery, dating back to the fourth century in southeastern Italy. It is an oinochoe or pitcher, used as funerary vase. The vase takes the form of a woman with her hair pulled back from her face, kept in place with a diadem. On top of the lady’s head is a smaller, upright figure of a woman wearing a flowing garment called a chiton. The smaller figurine is supported by the pitcher’s long, curved handle. This vase is made of a reddish clay and covered with semi-transparent white glaze or slip, and also includes polychrome painted features, which have become worn and faded with time.