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A trefoil oenochoe, wild-goat style, C. 625 BC–600 BC, in the Louvre
A bronze oenochoe in the History Museum of Nova Zagora, Bulgaria with a trefoil spout

An oenochoe, also spelled oinochoe (Ancient Greek: οἰνοχόη; from Ancient Greek: οἶνος oînos, "wine" and χέω khéō, "I pour"; plural oenochoai or oinochoai), is a wine jug and a key form of Greek pottery. There are many different forms of oenochoe. The earliest is the olpe (ὀλπή, olpḗ) and has an S-shaped profile from head to foot.

Oenochoai may be decorated or undecorated.[1] Oenochoai typically have only one handle at the back and may include a trefoil pouring spout.

The Greek oenochoe was normally of painted terracotta pottery but metal oenochoai are also found.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woodford, S. (1986). An Introduction to Greek Art. London: Duckworth, p. 12. ISBN 0-7156-2095-9
  2. ^ Silver 'oinochoe' from the "Tomb of Philip" at Vergina, accessdate=2015-06-24

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Oinochoes at Wikimedia Commons