Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in Shape of Sheep's Head

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

about 320/310 BC

Artist:

Attributed to the Painter of Leningrad 955
Greek; Tarentum (now Taranto), Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

Decorated tableware enlivened festive meals, and could have humerous intentions. This vessel fashioned in the shape of a sheep’s head is a special kind of drinking cup that cannot be set down when full, encouraging the guest who held it to drink a great deal of wine.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in Shape of Sheep's Head

Origin

Southern Italy

Date

320 BC–310 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

20.9 × 11.4 × 12 cm (8 1/4 × 4 1/2 × 4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Chester D. Tripp

Reference Number

1986.883

Extended information about this artwork

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