Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta oinochoe (jug) in the form of a woman's head

Attributed to the Class N: The Cook Class of Head Vases
Period:
Classical
Date:
2nd quarter of 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1901
Accession Number:
01.8.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Said to be from Southern Italy

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1543, no. 138, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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