Deer's-head rhyton

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 350–325 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 032.

Dimensions

20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

80.591

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Glaze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

In form of deer’s head. Glazed black. The head of the deer has short, stubby horns and a narrow muzzle. Hoffmann calls it an antelope’s head; theis may be correct, for the ears are quite short. This shape may be unique.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #32 (80.591)
Deer’s-Head Rhyton
about 350-325 B.C.
The entire vase is glazed black. The head of the deer has short, stubby horns and a narrow muzzle, Hoffmann calls it an antelope’s head; this may be correct, for the ears are quite short, but compare cat. no. 64. The shape may be unique; compare the deer’s-head rhyton Louvre CA 457
(H. Hoffmann, “Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum 4 [1989], p. 162, fig. 28).

Provenance

By date unknown: Henry P. Kidder Collection (according to MFA Register of Pottery and Porcelain: said to be from Chiusi); gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, October 21, 1880

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Kidder