Mug in the shape of a man's head

Greek
Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.
Potter Class of Boston 00.332


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Height: 17.7 cm (6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.332

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The mug has the form of a man’s head topped by a rim and handle. The face is a deep black color and the texture of hair, broad nose, and protruding lips identify the subject as an African man. His age is indicated by crow’s feet and wrinkles on his forehead. On the rim are two large eyes, one on either side of the mug’s handle. On the front of the rim are Dionysos and two satyrs in a vineyard. White is used for Dionysos’ drapery and for the whites of the African’s eyes. White, bag-like blobs appear above and below each satyr. Repaired with some restorations. Potter name-vase of the Class of Boston 00.332. Painter near-the Group of Vatican G.57.

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi Collection, Corneto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund