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Early Greek vase - Greek geometric vase
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Italo geometric pottery pyxis and lid, early 7th century B.C. The ovoid vessel with stylised handles in the form of horned animal heads, each side with a central panel with a pair of confronting water fowl, a stylised branch between, band of inverted triangles above, horizontal bands above and below, the knobbed lid with concentric circles, 28 cm high. Private collection

Italo geometric pottery pyxis and lid, early 7th century B.C. The ovoid vessel with stylised handles in the form of horned animal heads, each side with a central panel with a pair of confronting water fowl, a stylised branch between, band of inverted triangles above, horizontal bands above and below, the knobbed lid with concentric circles, 28 cm high. Private collection

Attic terracotta oinochoe, Concentric Circle Group, Geometric Period, circa 8th century B.C. The globular body decorated in umber on the shoulder with a stylised bird standing on a chequered band, flanked on both sides by concentric circles, centred by a cross motif on one side and a central star design on the other side, another bird beneath the handle, 22 cm high. Private collection

Attic terracotta oinochoe, Concentric Circle Group, Geometric Period, circa 8th century B.C. The globular body decorated in umber on the shoulder with a stylised bird standing on a chequered band, flanked on both sides by concentric circles, centred by a cross motif on one side and a central star design on the other side, another bird beneath the handle, 22 cm high. Private collection

Cypriot kylix, Bichrome IV period  7th century B.C. The scene represents a winged he-goat sniffing a bird-flower, representations are full of humour and spirit in keeping with the Cypriot character of the period. The artist has given a certain free rein to his imagination for his painted decoration is light and airy and his goats have flowers with birds' eyes either growing out of or appearing from behind their wings, 15.5 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Cypriot kylix, Bichrome IV period 7th century B.C. The scene represents a winged he-goat sniffing a bird-flower, representations are full of humour and spirit in keeping with the Cypriot character of the period. The artist has given a certain free rein to his imagination for his painted decoration is light and airy and his goats have flowers with birds' eyes either growing out of or appearing from behind their wings, 15.5 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek geometric pyxis, attic Middle Geometric II, 800-760 B.C. 18.3 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek geometric pyxis, attic Middle Geometric II, 800-760 B.C. 18.3 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek geometric amphora, Middle Geometric II, first half of the 8th century B.C. 76.5 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek geometric amphora, Middle Geometric II, first half of the 8th century B.C. 76.5 cm high. George Ortiz collection

Greek black-figure jug with octopus, Greek, possibly Sicilian, late 5th century B.C. 7 cm high. Private collection

Greek black-figure jug with octopus, Greek, possibly Sicilian, late 5th century B.C. 7 cm high. Private collection

Greek pyxis with three Labors of Herakles, late 6th-early 5th century B.C. The body of the vessel is decorated with three scenes, painted in the black-figure technique, taken from a great mythological story recounting the labors of Heracles, the most famous Greek hero, had to perform as an atonement for the unintentional killing of the children he had had with Megara, his first wife. On the top of the lid an Amazon holding two spears, 7,5 cm high. Private collection

Greek pyxis with three Labors of Herakles, late 6th-early 5th century B.C. The body of the vessel is decorated with three scenes, painted in the black-figure technique, taken from a great mythological story recounting the labors of Heracles, the most famous Greek hero, had to perform as an atonement for the unintentional killing of the children he had had with Megara, his first wife. On the top of the lid an Amazon holding two spears, 7,5 cm high. Private collection

Lydian jug with spiral-handle, 7th century B.C. The spout is painted with eyes and beak and resembles a bird´s head. On the neck two birds, and on the corpus the characteristic lydian decor made of dark brown, curved lines, 17.6 cm high. Private collection

Lydian jug with spiral-handle, 7th century B.C. The spout is painted with eyes and beak and resembles a bird´s head. On the neck two birds, and on the corpus the characteristic lydian decor made of dark brown, curved lines, 17.6 cm high. Private collection

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