Animal-shaped vases came to Greece from the Near East where they were used for drinking. In Greece, they served primarily for liquid offerings. This fine example shows that the head was made in two parts and joined.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. "Newly Acquired Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 35(2): pp. 38-9, fig. 5.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 87, 229, pl. 69d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.