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Fragmentary terracotta rhyton (vase for libations or drinking)

Attributed to the manner of the Sotades Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm) length 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Remains of two figures

The predilection for vases in figural form continued throughout the fifth century B.C. During the middle of the century, the workshop of the Sotades Painter was the most active and creative source. Whereas head vases, occasionally with two heads conjoined, were popular in the 490s and 480s, the next generation of artists introduced the conceit of combining the heads of different animals, in this case, a donkey and a ram. The painted scene probably showed a satyr and a maenad.
Perhaps from Numana

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 767, 1669, no. 20, Add. 1, pp. 765-68, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Calder, Louise. 2011. Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC. no. 45, 105, pp. 32, 49, 170, 177, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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