Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) in the Shape of a Donkey 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 480/470 BC

Artist:

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

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

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

Origin

Athens

Date

480 AD–470 AD

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

H. 20 cm (7 1/8 in.); diam. 9.3 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1905.345

Extended information about this artwork

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