Fragment of an oinochoe

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 350–340 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 027.


10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Bellerophon mounted on Pegasus (white) attacks the Chimaera. To him flies a winged figure bearing a wreath.
Note: golden brown details; white dots on brim of Bellerophon’s hat, white strap under chin; anklet of flying figure and dots on wing; teeth and breath of Chimaera.

Fragment of an Oinochoe
about 350-340 B.C.
Bellerophon, mounted on Pegasus, attacks the Chimaera, who crouches at the lower right. The hero’s weapon is a trident, a symbol of his grandfather Poseidon. His cloak is pinned at the throat with a black brooch. He wears laced shoes and a petasos with white dots on the brim and a white cord. Pegasus is a brilliant white, with a flowing mane and brown harness; the muzzle, ears, and hooves are rendered in beige dilute glaze. The Chimaera’s lion’s head is snarling, with teeth and fiery breath in added white; the goat’s head emerging from its side seems lifeless by comparison. A winged figure flies toward Bellerophon, bearing a wreath; one expects Nike, but the white anklet suggests it is Eros, perhaps alluding to Bellerophon’s subsequent marriage to Philonoe.
For Bellerophon and Pegasus, see cat. no. 8, with references. Compare the rearing Pegasus on an oinochoe, cat. no. 71. For the Chimaera, see A. Jacquemin, LIMC, III, 1, pp. 249-259, III, 2, pls. 197-209.


By 1910: with E. P. Warren (bought in Rome); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution