Ram's head rhyton
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.); diameter: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure technique
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)
In form of a ram’s head. Traces of white coating. On the rim is painted (A) a figure seated on a rock, closely draped in himation (B) a woman standing profile to left, holding a spear and shield.
This drinking horn, or rhyton, is an elaborate vessel in the shape of a ram’s head. On the rim of the rhyton is a seated youth and a woman holding a spear and a shield. It is possible that this is a representation of Achilles and his mother Thetis, giving him the armor made by the god Hephaestus.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome, said to be from Campania (probably Carti or Capua), but it seemed that it could be traced to Greece); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund