Olpe (pitcher)

Greek, South Italian
Hellenistic Period
late 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 444; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

99.485

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The handle of the olpe has a small palmette and terminates in the heads of two butting goats in flat relief. The rim is decorated with a bead and ovolo pattern. The bottom of the jug has been taken from some other object. Green and crusty patina.

Provenance

By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Rome Saulini sale 210 1899.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund