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Plastic jug in the form of a mouse

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
mid 4th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 095.

Dimensions

7 x 13.3 cm (2 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

80.588

Medium or Technique

Ceramic

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

The mouse is painted a lustrous black, with palmettes on each haunch and a grapevine on the back in added white (the leaves and grapes white; the vine itself incised). White is also used for the eyes. The eyebrows, whiskers, and other details are incised.
Its classification here as Campanian is no more than tentative.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING, #95 (80.588)
Plastic Mouse
Mid-4th century B.C.

The mouse is painted a lustrous black, with palmettes on each haunch and a grapevine on the back in added white (the leaves and grapes white; the vine itself incised). White is also used for the eyes. The eyebrows, whiskers, and other details are incised.
Compare London G 163, which has a ring handle like a guttus and a pointed spout (Heldring, Sicilian, p. 108, no. 5, pl. 36.6) Heldring places the London mouse among the fourth-century South Italian successors to the plastic mice of fifth-century Sicily (e.g. cat. no. 106). The lack of a narrow, tapering spout on this mouse, or indeed of any secondary aperture for pouring, suggests that it was made for a different function than that of the Sicilian mice. Its classification here as Campanian is no more than tentative.

Provenance

gift of Henry P. Kidder to MFA, October 21, 1880

Credit Line

Gift of H. P. Kidder