Terracotta oinochoe (jug) in the form of a woman's head
Attributed to the Class N: The Cook Class of Head Vases
2nd quarter of 5th century B.C.
H. 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Head vases became important in Attic vase-painting at the end of the sixth century B.C. and continued almost through the fifth. Considerable numbers of these small examples exist, mostly with the head of a woman but occasionally with that of Herakles or another male figure. Since the Greeks tended not to waste valuable materials on funerary offerings, one wonders whether such pieces contained a token dedication.
Said to be from Southern Italy
Beazley, John D. 1963. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1543, no. 138, Oxford: Clarendon Press.