Date: late 5th century B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Medium: Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 3 1/4 in. (17.8 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis Gift, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.68
This extraordinary vase of a bird-man, of high technical quality, is unique among the examples of Attic black-glazed pottery known today. It almost certainly relates to Aristophanes' well-known comedy The Birds, first produced in 415/414 B.C., and may represent the costume that would have been worn by members of the chorus in the fifth century B.C.