Attributed to The Painter of Naples 3136
Oinochoe (Pitcher), c. 440 B.C.
Terracotta, red-figure technique
Height to handle: 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.); Height to mouth: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); Diameter of mouth: 9 cm (3 1/2 in.); Diameter of body at 10 cm from foot: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); Diameter of foot: 9.1 cm (3 5/8 in.)
Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society, 1907.12
Below the pouring spout of this shiny black vessel is a youthful musician holding a seven-stringed lyre, its sound box rendered to look like tortoiseshell. The plectrum, or pick, is tied to the lowermost of the instrument’s two upright bars. A himation, or mantle, falls from his left shoulder. Unusually, he wears leggings. The wreath encircling his head is a common accessory of symposium attendees. Perhaps he has or will perform for the gathering of men.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Ancient Art Galleries, Gallery 155, 1994 - February 2012.