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Terracotta rhyton (vase for libations or drinking)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 350–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.249
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Head of a dog. On the cup, a running satyr

The earliest Apulian animal-head rhyta were mechanical copies or freely modeled adaptations of Attic imports. Since there is no opening in the hound's mouth for liquid to flow through, the function of the object was probably funerary.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 46, p. 124, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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