The head is that of an Italic variety of Maltese dog. These rhyta began to be made about the middle of the fourth century B.C. and were glazed black, with red-figure decoration on the cuff. The latest pieces in the series were unglazed and articulated with paint.
Hôtel Drouot. May 11-14, 1903. Collection d'Antiquités Grecques & Romaines: vases peints et moulés, terres cuites, verrerie, sculptures, bronzes, bijoux. no. 14, lot 165, pl. VIII.
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 159, p. 46, pl. XII, Paris.
Hoffmann, Herbert. 1966. Tarentine Rhyta. no. 251, p. 44, Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.