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Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug)

Attributed to the Berlin Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 490–480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm) diameter 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.32
Not on view
Youth playing lyre and boy listening

The chous (pl. choes) served to take wine from a krater and poured into a drinking cup. It was also the shape associated with the Dionysiac festival called the Anthesteria in which the new wine was celebrated. Children were a major part of the festivities, and a large number of choes depict them. While this vase need not be directly connected with the festival, the combination of shape and subject certainly evokes it.
Said to be from Vulci

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Athenian Red-Figured Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(5): p. 129.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 19-20, fig. 119, New York: Plantin Press.

Bieber, Margarete. 1939. The History of the Greek and Roman Theater. p. 4, fig. 4, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1946. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey. p. 69, fig. 48, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 170, 512, fig. 484, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 72, 213, pl. 53h, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1958[1946]. Attic Red-Figured Vases: A Survey, Revised Edition, 2nd edn. p. 69, fig. 48, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. pp. 210, 219, 1634, 1636, no. 186, Add. 1, pp. 196-214, 218-19, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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