Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug)

Attributed to the Berlin Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Youth playing lyre and boy listening

The chous (pl. choes) served to take wine from a krater and poured into a drinking cup. It was also the shape associated with the Dionysiac festival called the Anthesteria in which the new wine was celebrated. Children were a major part of the festivities, and a large number of choes depict them. While this vase need not be directly connected with the festival, the combination of shape and subject certainly evokes it.

Terracotta oinochoe: chous (jug), Attributed to the Berlin Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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