Object: 19
JIAAW, Bishop Collection

The olpe is one of the earlier types of the oinochoe and specifically has no spout and a high handle above the lip. In English, its most equivalent term is the pitcher. During meals or drinking, it would serve as a measure of how much wine had been consumed. 

-Elaina Kim ‘21, JIAAW Records and Collections Assistant 2017/18

See other examples of olpe here:

Olpe (Getty Museum)

Olpe; Attributed to Painter of Malibu 85.AE.89 (namepiece); Corinth, Greece; about 625 B.C.; Terracotta; 32.8 × 17 cm (12 15/16 × 6 11/16 in.); 85.AE.89; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California; Rights Statement: No Copyright – United States


Penn Museum Object MS714 – Olpe


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