About This Artwork

Greek, Athens
Attributed to Douris (painter)

Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in the Shape of a Donkey Head, about 460 B.C.

Terracotta, red-figure technique
H. 20 cm (7 1/8 in.); diam. 9.3 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Museum Purchase Fund, 1905.345

This drinking cup could not have been set down without its contents spilling. It is fashioned after the head of a bridled donkey with a white muzzle, teeth, and ears. Like the naked satyr chasing a fleeing maenad on the vessel’s neck, the donkey belongs to the retinue of the wine god Dionysos. Douris, one of the great Athenian vase painters of first half of the fifth century B.C., decorated this amusing cup.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, Gallery 155, 1994 - February 2012.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151, November 11, 2012 - July 17, 2015.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints," Gallery 150 and 154, July 31, 2015 - February 15, 2016.

Publication History

Pedley, John Griffiths. Ancient Art at The Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 1994. Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 41-43 (ill.).

Alexander, Karen B. 2012. "From Plaster to Stone: Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago." in Recasting the Past: Collecting and Presenting Antiquities at the Art Institute of Chicago, by Karen Manchester, p.25. Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press.

Hoffman, Attic R. F. Rytha, 15 and 45, No. 120, and pl. 23, Nos. 3 and 4.

Buitron-Oliver, Diana. Douris: A Master Painter of Athenian Red Figure Vases. Verlag Phillip Vonz Zabern. p. 87, E18.

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