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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.

Date:

about 450 BC

Artist:

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Oinochoe (Pitcher) in the Shape of a Female Head

Origin

Athens

Date

450 BC

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

14 × 6.7 × 8.9 cm (5 1/2 × 2 5/8 × 3 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1905.348

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