Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug)

Attributed to the Niobid Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Diam.: 7 3/8 x 10 in. (18.7 cm) ( foot, D. 4 5/16")
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Nelson Bunker Hunt, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.474
Not on view
Komast (reveler) and dancing dwarf

This representation is noteworthy for the characterization of the two figures. The tall komast advances deliberately, playing the barbitos, a form of lyre. His head is wreathed, his cloak and a chous are slung over one shoulder, and he wears soft, high boots. The dwarf before him presents a considerable contrast with his jerky movements, nudity, pugnacious expression, and straggly beard.
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