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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.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Oinochoe (Pitcher)




440 BC


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


H. 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.) diam. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through The Antiquarian Society

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