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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.


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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Oinochoe (Pitcher)


Athens (Object made in)


440 BCE


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


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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