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Oinochoe (Pitcher) in the Shape of a Female Head

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.


about 450 BCE


Attributed to the Canessa Class
Greek; Athens

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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


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.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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