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Terracotta rhyton (libation vessel) in the form of a ram's head

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
length 4in. (10.2cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.11.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Animal-shaped vases came to Greece from the Near East where they were used for drinking. In Greece, they served primarily for liquid offerings. This fine example shows that the head was made in two parts and joined.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. "Newly Acquired Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(2): pp. 38-9, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 87, 229, pl. 69d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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