Oinochoe jug

This jar shows a scene of two boys, one holding a laurel branch and the other sprinkling water. This may represent a scene from every day life in Greek temples which were swept with branches and purified with water.
It was bought from Harold Clemens, an enthusiastic collector of curios, who having been an avid reader of the Bazaar, Exchange and Mart magazine, decided to set up his own ‘Fir Tree hotel Museum of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities’, in his public-house and bed and breakfast establishment at Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire. He set himself up as ‘Curator’ and advertised curios and other items from his ’small museum’ in the aforementioned journal. His timing was good, Tutankhamun’s tomb had recently been discovered, and there was great interest in the occult, spiritualism and all things ancient. His endeavour was therefore of great interest. Unfortunately some of his ‘antiquities’ were anything but.
It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
oinochoe jug
Simple Name
Full Name
wine jug, oinochoe
whole height 105 mm; base diameter 6.2 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Classical - 500-336 BC
Production Date
Production Town
Production Country
Family Group

pottery; Red figure ware
Function Name
storage/ pouring
Function Detail
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent

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