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

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


320-310 BCE


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, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


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


Southern Italy (Object made in)

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320 BCE–310 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


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

Credit Line

Bequest of Chester D. Tripp

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