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Terracotta jug in the form of Dionysos

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek or Roman
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
h. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.11.46
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Vases modeled into human or animal form were made throughout the Hellenistic period with head-shaped flasks and beakers being especially popular. This example is unusual because of its fine yellow glaze and the detailed features of the head, which represents the god Dionysus.
Alexander, Christine and Maude Robinson. 1945. "Green-Glazed Ware: Three Hellenistic Vases." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 3(5): p. 136.

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