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

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1900
Accession Number:
00.11.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Vases in the form of a black's head were popular during the first half of the fifth century B.C. Blacks were familiar to Greeks from the time of Homer. In his Iliad, for instance, Memnon, the son of Eos (the goddess of dawn), was king of the Ethiopians and a prominent ally of the Trojans. In such vases, the features conveyed exoticism and permitted the juxtaposition of lustrous black glaze with textured hair.
Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 20, fig. 134, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 75, 218, pl. 58h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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