Vintage Greek Geometric Amphora Vase Urn Set (3 pcs), Black Attic Pottery, White Decorative Matching Vase, Wedding Love Vase

$308.00 $385.00

The three pieces are in excellent condition. The largest vase has a very small rub mark on the bottom edge and a slight rub or distressed mark on the protruding edge of the rim in one little section. These are not chips because they do not cut into the pottery. There are no breaks, cracks, chips, or repair marks on these pieces. They all have the matching geometric design. The larger vase or urn is actually referred to as a geometric amphora with Aphrodite at top with the beads in her hair. The scene depicts a soldier holding the wrist of an innocent woman. One might consider a victory urn celebrating triumph over an enemy. However, it is doubtful that it would be honorable to boast about a victory over an innocent woman. It is better to see this as a love urn or marriage vase. Since the context has Aphrodite at the top it makes since for a soldier just getting home to take his betrothed to the wedding or to give love to the wife he already has. Time for a Grecian soldier to be at home with his wife was scarce. The braided handle fits the braided side look of Aphrodite's beads or hair piece.

The next two pieces are actually referred to as volute-kraters. They are matching in theme as the same black soldier figure is now kneeling down and either saluting or praying. While the Amphora could be described as more celebratory, the volute-krater actually had a common everyday purpose - they were used to mix wine and water. This design of water and wine pot certainly reminds one of the story of Jesus' first miracle in the Gospel of John of turning wine into water at a wedding in Cana. The raised handles lend to this purpose as the piece would be easier to hold with heavy contents. Also the same geometric pattern is found on all three pieces. In addition, the handles of the volute-krater actually have a white heart on the edge. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love that was found on the larger Amphora is also referred to by the heart symbol on the handle of the volute-krater. In addition, if the soldier is praying that goes along with the purpose of the volute-krater for wine and water mixing. Dionysius was the Greek god of wine.

In addition to the theme of these pieces it is important to see that the material they are made of was Terra Cotta. The black figure depicted in both scenes became a style for Grecian pottery around the 6th century BC. It is sometimes referred to as Attic pottery and is very characteristic with the black shiny color of the pieces.

The decorative possibilities of these pieces are many. The collector will appreciate these beautiful handmade pieces because they have a story to tell and a theme to communicate. They will also be appreciated because there are three matching pieces together. A matching set is very rare.

Each piece also has a white mark inside that was purposely put there.

The Amphora weighs 33.5 oz.

It stands 9.5" tall and is 4.75" wide across the top.

The Volute-Kraters together weigh 22.2 oz.

They stand from 6 7/8" to 7" tall to the top of the handle.

The slight difference in measurements indicate these are hand and not machine made.

Altogether they weigh 55.6 oz.

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