Sculptural vase: drinking horn with a crocodile devouring an African boy

Greek
Classical Period
about 460 B.C.
Manner of the Sotades Painter


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Dimensions

Overall: 23 x 23 cm (9 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.881

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Crocodile devouring an African boy; a drinking horn emerges behind them; hexagonal base; around the rim of the horn is a Bacchic scene with four figures; two satyrs and two maenads; intact. The horn suggests that the vase is a rhyton (funnel vase), but there is no outlet for wine at the base of the vase.
[Label text]:
A modeled representation of an African being devoured by a crocodile supports the cup of this rhyton. Foreigners like the one depicted here were often slaves in Greece. Maenads and satyrs dance around the rim of the vessel. One satyr holds a wineskin and an amphora for storing wine, evidence for the use of ryhta like this one.

Provenance

By 1898, purchased near Santa Maria Capua Vetere by Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860 - d. 1928), London [see note 1]; 1898, sold by Edward Perry Warren to the MFA for $69,618 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: September 20, 1898)

NOTES: [1] According to Warren's records, this was bought three kilometers from Santa Maria Capua Vetere and found "in the neighborhood". [2] This is the total price paid for MFA accession nos. 98.641-98.940.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund