Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

late 10th–early 9th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Greek Government, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The vases in this case with the accession numbers that begin with 30.118.1 belong to a deposit that was found at the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mount Hymettos, near Athens. The objects date to a period of about two centuries, from the late tenth to the late eighth centuries B.C. and illustrate the nature of ordinary dedications. Of note is the considerable number of small pieces. The vases were acquired as a gift of the Greek government.
This oinochoe and its counterparts, 30.ll8.18, 30.118.20, 30.118.40, illustrate Athenian artists' mastery of potting and decoration from the beginning of the Geometric period.
From an excavation on Mt. Hymettos

Alexander, Christine. 1931. "Notes: Gifts of Classical Anqituities." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 26(1): p. 23.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 26, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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