Terracotta rhyton (vase for libations or drinking)
ca. 350–300 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
H. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Crocodile attacking a black youth
Rhyta in the form of a black youth and a crocodile are known from the workshop of the Athenian potter Sotades, and examples have been found in Italy. Such pieces inspired Apulian and especially Tarentine artists to create their own versions.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 44, p. 123, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 191, pp. 165, 440, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.