Bronze oinochoe (jug), Bronze, silver, Greek

Bronze oinochoe (jug)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze, silver
Dimensions:
H.: 8 15/16 in. (22.7 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.11.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The handle attachment is in the form of a frontal siren.

The function of a handle attachment is to secure the base of the handle securely to the body of the vase; a broad surface provides a stronger bond. From a purely mechanical viewpoint, the siren with its extended wings fulfills the purpose effectively. She wears a silver fillet.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1965. "Greek and Roman Art." Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), No. 1965/1975: p. 115.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1970. "Reports of the Departments." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 29(2): pp. 82–83.