2 - 1 - 6 Aiolian Wild Goat Style

There are two styles in Aiolian wild goat style; one consisting of founds from Larisa and the other from Pitane. It is uncertain, however, these cities produced the vessels [1].

Workshops of Larisa pottery introduced primitive-looking animal figures and filling ornaments after abandoning sub-geometric style. Though their style recalls early wild goat style of South Ionia, this can be dated to the transitional period of middle wild goat style I and II.

Other than oinochoai with trefoil lips, they also produced skyphoid kraters and plates and they are often covered with cream-white slip. They also used added purple, especially on the belly of animals. Favourite figures are wild goats, while deers and water birds are less common. They occasionally depicted horses and human figures. Filling ornaments are similar to those of other regions (fig.1-3), while the triangular pattern is outlined by thicker lines and has convex sides.




For continuous patterns, they preferred cable patterns favoured by painters of South Ionian wild goat style I. Although the chronology of these vases are not identified yet, from the style it is generally attributed to the last quarter of the seven or early sixth century.


Vases from Pitane have almost same color, while the choice of shapes, absence of skyphoid krater and preference of stout amphorae, is different. Other than fruit dishes, dinoi and bowls are also produced. The amphora generally has a cable pattern on the neck, while the shoulder has animals or occasionally floral patterns. The lower frieze generally has simpler patterns, such as cable, while the lower half of the body is generally left undecorated.

Various figures, including wild goats, deers, waterbirds, horses, lions, sphinxes and even human figures, are introduced. While they used less filling ornaments which fill less space of vases. Triangular patterns are also outlined, while they have straight sides. They never introduced black figure technique. Most vases are dated to the early half of the sixth century, though some can be dated to the end of the seventh century.

The London Dinos Group has different style with these two styles, though the vases of this group is found from Pitane. They occasionally made plates and askoi, other than dinoi. The most common figure is wild goats and sometimes they painted hounds, boars and water birds. Filling ornaments are larger and painted with thicher lines. We can find some North Ionian elements as well as of Aiolis. They are generally dated to the first quarter of the sixth century.

[1] For Aiolian pottery, see, Cook,R.M. East Greek Pottery (1997), pp.56-61. For vases from Larisa, see, Boehlau,J. , Schefold,K. Larisa am Hermos 3 (1942).