- Museum number
Pottery: red-figured rhyton.
The lower part is in the form of a ram's head, made in two vertical halves. The smooth surface, the horns and the ears, are left in the natural clay; the wool indicated by minute raised dots, the whole coloured purple, as are also the interior of the nostrils, mouth, and the line connecting them. The eyeball is modelled, and left red with a black centre; the white is coloured naturally; the outline of the eye, and the eyelashes, black. Above this head rises the cup, on which is the design. Late stage of severe period. Fine brown inner markings. Below, a band of herringbone pattern; above, egg pattern.
Symposion. Four bearded men, each with mantle around his legs, and wearing a woollen fillet, recline to right, resting right elbow against a folded striped cushion. The left-hand man looks to left, extending his kylix horizontally to left, held by one handle; the next one seems from the gesture of his left hand to be addressing those behind him; his right rests on his knee. The third also looks round to right, raising to his lips a kylix in his right hand. The fourth man looks to left, swinging his kylix by one handle on the forefinger of his extended right hand (κοτταβίζων). All but the second figure have the left arm and shoulder covered with the mantle.
- Production date
- 480BC-470BC (circa)
Diameter: 11.43 centimetres
Height: 20.32 centimetres
Height: 215 millimetres
Weight: 500 grammes
Width: 120 millimetres
Depth: 160 millimetres
- Curator's comments
A form of animal-head cup often mistakenly described as a rhyton but lacking the pouring-hole which a rhyton strictly has.
The vessel is featured on Alma Tadema's painting 'The Women of Amphissa', in addition to a black-figured hydria possibly identical with British Museum BM 1843,1103.49; see Ian Jenkins, 'Frederic Lord Leighton and Greek Vases', Burlington Magazine 125 (1983), 597-605, esp. 605.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 11 Jul-6 Oct, Japan, Arita, Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Ceramics and Civilisation
2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
2018-2019, 7 Sep-6 Jan, Harvard Art Museums, Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes and Kings
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number