About this artwork
Three manufacturing techniques were employed to produce this vessel. The lower portion, in the shape of a woman’s face, was made in a mold; the shoulder, neck, and mouth of the pitcher were formed on a potter’s wheel; and the handle was fashioned by hand. The woman’s flesh and thick, centrally parted hair are the natural color of the clay, but her brows and the contours of her eyes and irises are drawn in black. Her sclerae are white, and her irises are brown.
- Ancient Greek
- Oinochoe (Pitcher) in the Shape of a Female Head
- 450 BCE
- terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique
- 14 × 6.7 × 8.9 cm (5 1/2 × 2 5/8 × 3 1/2 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund