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Oinochoe in the form of a woman's head

Class S: The Canessa Class of Head Vases

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157

Vases in the form of a mold-made head appear predominately as vessels used for pouring and drinking wine. They may have been used in the symposium, a private drinking party for male citizens. The most common examples take the form of a female head, and women were frequently present at symposia as servers or entertainers. Although made in Athens, head vases were also exported around the Mediterranean world.

Oinochoe in the form of a woman's head, Class S: The Canessa Class of Head Vases, Terracotta, Greek

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