Oinochoe with Centaur

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 22 November 2015

The Oinochoe (or oenochoe) is one of the key forms of painted terracotta Greek pottery; it is a form of wine jug. Centaurs were half man and half horse. This combination of brute strength and strong instinct meant that they could be volatile and aggressive. Representing the bestial side of humanity, they served as a warning to the ancient Greek against the danger of allowing passion to overcome reason. Attica, Greece, 6th century BCE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2015, November 22). Oinochoe with Centaur. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4201/oinochoe-with-centaur/

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Oinochoe with Centaur." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 22, 2015. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4201/oinochoe-with-centaur/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Oinochoe with Centaur." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 22 Nov 2015. Web. 26 Mar 2023.