Chous (Toy Pitcher)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

440/420 BC

Artist:

Greek; Athens

About this artwork

Toward the end of the 5th century B.C., Athenian potters and painters created a large number of miniature oinochoai (sing. oinochoe), or pitchers, decorated with children at play or imitating adults. It is thought that they were given to the youngest members of the family during the Anthesteria, a three-day celebration of the new vintage of wine and the arrival of spring. These little vessels are called choes (sing. chous), which means libations, after the name of the second day of the festival. Children took part in the festival but did not imbibe wine. A half-grown youth grabs the branch of a leafless tree with his left hand and extends his free hand to welcome a younger boy pulling a small cart.

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Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Chous (Toy Pitcher)

Origin

Athens

Date

440 BC–420 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

10.8 × 7.7 × 7.8 cm (4.26 × 3.05 × 3.08 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1907.13

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