About this artwork
Below the pouring spout of this shiny black vessel is a youthful musician holding a seven-stringed lyre, its sound box rendered to look like tortoiseshell. The plectrum, or pick, is tied to the lowermost of the instrument’s two upright bars. A himation, or mantle, falls from his left shoulder. Unusually, he wears leggings. The wreath encircling his head is a common accessory of symposium attendees. Perhaps he has or will perform for the gathering of men.
- Ancient Greek
- Oinochoe (Pitcher)
- 440 BCE
- terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique
- H. 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.) diam. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society