Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Gnathian Ribbed Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Masks, Dancer, and Flute-Player

Gnathian Ribbed Oinochoe (Wine Jug): Masks, Dancer, and Flute-Player

c. 300–275 BC

Ceramic

Overall: 46.4 cm (18 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.16

Location

Did you know?

The ribbed lower body of this large jug likely emulates vessels made of precious metal.

Description

The ornate decoration of this grand vessel takes several forms. A mold-made male theater mask sits at the upper handle attachment, looking out over the rim. Below this, two chubby boys—a dancer and pipe-player—cavort on the neck, flanked by female masks. Farther down, a band of ivy leaves and berries on a red and yellow ribbon adorns the widest point of the vessel, with ribbing above and below.

See also
Collection: 
GR - South Italy
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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