Jug in the shape of a man's head (rhyton)

Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Helladic III B Period
about 1350–1200 B.C.


Height: 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.); width: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); diameter of base: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Round, flatly-domed head, cylindrical neck, flat, closed bottom. Green buff clay, matt black paint, except for top and most of back of head “restored” in reddish fabric with black patches, attached with plaster (some missing). Wheelmade. Features molded and pinched: jutting brow, high-bridged nose, closed eyes and mouth, protruding chin and beard, flaring ears. Painted brow, “eyelashes,” hair, beard, mouth, stripes around neck, three “slashes” on each cheek. Hole on top of head in patch (1.5cm) with 6 small holes around it; hole above beard where area broken away.


By 1987: with Galerie Nefer, Augustinergasse 14, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Galerie Nefer, March 23, 1988

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund