Pelike

Drawing of pelikeThe Greek term pelike (pl. pelikai) was used for a number of shapes, and we do not know what this one-piece vessel with a distinctive sagging belly was called in antiquity. It seems to have been invented after the introduction of the red-figure technique, although there are examples in black-figure. It continues to be produced into the fourth century. It is shown in use as a container for liquids.

Athenian black-figure pelike
  • Athenian black-figure pelike ht. 38cm
Athenian red-figure pelike
  • Athenian red-figure pelike 4th century ht. 28cm