Ancient Greek Pelikes

The ‘pelike’ resembles the amphora in being a one-piece ceramic container, but can be distinguished by the flanged bottom, allowing it to stand on its own (the amphora’s bottom is usually pointed). It has two open handles, and its shape is also notable for its sagging belly. Used for storage and transportation of liquids (but also for cremated remains from the fifth century onwards), the pelike was often on display, and so finely painted in either red- or black-figure. There is evidence for the continual use of the pelike from the sixth to fourth century BC.

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