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Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430–420 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 9 5/16 in. (23.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.11.19
  • Description

    Man with lyre and staff, woman with lamp, on opposite sides of door

    The subject concerns an Athenian reveler at the end of a bibulous evening. There has been considerable debate as to whether the man is returning home or calling on a hetaira (prostitute). Of exceptional architectural interest is the abbreviated depiction of the front of a house with the solid door and the tiled roof.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1944. Greek Painting: The Development of Pictoral Representation from Archaic to Graeco-Roman Times. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 102, 242, pl. 82f.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. London: Phaidon Press, p. 135, fig. 641.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1970. Perspective in Greek and Roman Art. New York and London: Phaidon Press, p. 35, n. 2, fig. 157.

    Robertson, Martin and Cambridge University Press. 1975. A History of Greek Art, Vols. 1 and 2. Cambridge, England, p. 429, pl. 32e.

    Corner, Sean and Prof. Nancy Rabinowitz. 2011. "Bringing the Outside In: The Andron as Brother and the Symposium's Civic Sexuality." Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE-200 CE, Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry, eds. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 62-63, fig. 3.1.

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