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Terracotta rhyton (vase for libations or drinking)

Attributed to the Painter of London E 100
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
length 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm); diameter of lip 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Youths with lyre and double flutes

The vase is in the form of the head of a lamb, and the artists have taken great pains to render the short, tightly curled wool, the projecting ears and undeveloped horns, and especially the beautiful large eyes. The scene of the cuff may well depict youths at school. One must wonder whether the combination of a lamb and schoolboys is intentional.
Hoppin, James C. and Albert Gallatin. 1926. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, USA 1, Hoppin and Gallatin Collections. pp. 17–18, Gallatin pl. 29.1–.2, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 87, 229, pl. 69e, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 834, no. 8, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 137, pp. 124, 432, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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