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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 325–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Gnathian
Medium:
Terracotta; applied color
Dimensions:
H.: 9 5/16 in. (23.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of L. P. di Cesnola, 1876
Accession Number:
76.12.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Theatrical mask, alabastron (perfume vase), and fillets (bands)

Though associated primarily with Apulia, the Gnathian technique was also used in other regions of Italy. This example may be Apulian or Campanian. The mask is that of one of the stock courtesans in comedies of the late fourth and early third centuries B.C. The alabastron may reflect a predilection of the courtesan. The vines and ivy have a Dionysiac reference.
Webster, Thomas Bertram Lonsdale. 1951. "Masks on Gnathia Vases." The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 71: no. 18, pp. 223-4, 231.

Webster, Thomas Bertram Lonsdale. 1960. "Monuments Illustrating Old and Middle Comedy." Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement, 9: p. 54.

Webster, Thomas Bertram Lonsdale. 1978. "Monuments Illustrating Old and Middle Comedy." Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement, 39: p. 190.

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