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Terracotta mug in the form of a woman's head

Attributed to Class G: The London Class of Head Vases
ca. 500–490 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H.: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
The ease with which Attic potters and painters moved between shapes and between figural and foliate iconography is evident in this work. Above the head is a cuff embellished with a palmette ornament typical of cups and pots at the turn of the fifth century B.C. In the present context, the effect is that of a floral diadem or polos (headdress).
Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. p. 31, fig. 187, New York: Plantin Press.

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

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1534, no. 22, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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