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Oinochoe (Pitcher)

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

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


about 440 BCE


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.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Oinochoe (Pitcher)


Athens (Object made in)

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440 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


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

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