Jug in the form of the head of a youth

Roman Provincial
Early Imperial Period
1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: North Africa


Height: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); width: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.); diameter: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, African Red Slip Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



Wavy layers of hair on head; corkscrew curl going down behind each ear to the flat base. Youthful face, lines in neck. White incrustation inside vase mouth between licks of hair, spotting face and neck, and over most of under-side of base. Head mended, missing hair in back replaced by red clay; chip on proper right of chin.
Three-ridged round mouth on cylindrical neck,which is set off by ridge at top of head. Ribbon handle with center ridge, from lip to back of head; handle attachments reinforced at both ends.


By 1996: with Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 (Art of the Ancient World IX, no. 126); purchased from Royal-Athena Galleries by Herbert C. Lust III; gift of Herbert C. Lust III to MFA, December 18, 1996

Credit Line

Gift of Herbert C. Lust III