Terracotta oinochoe (jug) in the form of a woman's head
- Attributed to the Class N: The Cook Class of Head Vases
- 2nd quarter of 5th century B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; red-figure
- H. 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, 1901
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Head vases became important in Attic vase-painting at the end of the sixth century B.C. and continued almost through the fifth. Considerable numbers of these small examples exist, mostly with the head of a woman but occasionally with that of Herakles or another male figure. Since the Greeks tended not to waste valuable materials on funerary offerings, one wonders whether such pieces contained a token dedication.