Jug in the shape of a drunken old woman

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
Early 3rd century A.D.


23 x 9 cm (9 1/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, African Red Slip Ware

Not On View


The Ancient World



The woman sits in armchair, elbows on knees, clutching a wine-jug (lagynos) between her legs. The mold was made in two parts and the seam joining the front and back is visible; name of workshop is inscribed on bottom: EXOFQSEM/ From the workshop [officina] of Q. Sem___). Loop handle is restored.
African red slip jug in the form of a drunken old woman holding a wine
jug (lagynos)


By 1990: with Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., 984 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., May 23, 1990

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund