Terracotta amphoriskos (flask) in the form of a bird-man

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

This extraordinary vase of a bird-man, of high technical quality, is unique among the examples of Attic black-glazed pottery known today. It almost certainly relates to Aristophanes' well-known comedy The Birds (first produced in 415/414 B.C.) and may represent the costume that would have been worn by members of the chorus in the fifth century B.C.

Terracotta amphoriskos (flask) in the form of a bird-man, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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