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Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in the Shape of a Donkey Head

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


480-470 BCE


Attributed to the Painter of London E 55 (Manner of Douris)
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in the Shape of a Donkey Head


Athens (Object made in)

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480 BCE–470 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


20 × 9.3 cm (7 1/8 × 3 5/8 in.); Diam.: 9.3 cm (3 5/8 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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