Drinking horn (rhyton) in the form of a deer's head

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–320 B.C.
Artist Workshop of the Baltimore Painter


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 064.

Dimensions

Length: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

63.472

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

On the front of the neck, Eros flies to the right with a yellow mirror in his extended right hand, a tympanum in his lowered left hand, and a fan, with yellow handle and white feathers, lying across his middle. He wears a kekryphalos, shoes, earrings, bracelets, a beaded thigh band on his right leg, anklets, and a beaded bandoleer across his chest, all in added white. There is a white ivy leaf in the field below. There is a wave-pattern under the rim; large palmettes, linked and enclosed by tendrils, flank the handle at the rear.
The deer’s eyes are white, with yellow irises outlined and centered with red-orange. The horns are white with red-orange striations. Traces of white remain in the nostrils and ears.
For rhyta, see comments on catalogue no. 31.
(text from Vase-Painting In Italy, catalogue entry no. 64)

Provenance

In the 1920s: probably in the Paul Gottschalk Collection (according to a letter from Biblion in 2000 concerning the provenance of this vase); by about 1961: with Biblion, Inc., Booksellers, P.O. Box 197, Forest Hills 75, New York; purchased by MFA from Biblion, Inc., Booksellers, May 8, 1963

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund