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Oinochoe (Pitcher)

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 440 BCE

Artist:

Attributed to The Painter of Naples 3136
Greek; Athens

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Oinochoe (Pitcher)

Origin

Athens

Date

440 BCE

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

H. 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.) diam. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1907.12

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