Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009

Red-Figure Cow-Head Rhyton (Drinking Horn): Seated Woman

Red-Figure Cow-Head Rhyton (Drinking Horn): Seated Woman

c. 340 BC

Ceramic

Diameter: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.); Overall: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1982.41

Location

Did you know?

The cow-head rhyton was the most popular of all Apulian animal-head rhyta.

Description

Rhyta (drinking horns) in the forms of animal heads were popular ceramic products in Apulia c. 350-320 BC. Mold-made heads were attached to wheel-made bowls, with separately made handles (plus ears and horns, for this cow). On the bowl, a seated woman holds a helmet and spear, with a shield nearby; she may represent Athena, although the helmet differs from her usual type and she does not appear to wear her snaky aegis (breastplate).

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

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