Mug in the shape of a man's head

Archaic Period
about 510 B.C.
Potter Class of Boston 00.332

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 17.7 cm (6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



The mug has the form of a man’s head topped by a rim and handle. The face is a deep black color and the texture of hair, broad nose, and protruding lips identify the subject as an African man. His age is indicated by crow’s feet and wrinkles on his forehead. On the rim are two large eyes, one on either side of the mug’s handle. On the front of the rim are Dionysos and two satyrs in a vineyard. White is used for Dionysos’ drapery and for the whites of the African’s eyes. White, bag-like blobs appear above and below each satyr. Repaired with some restorations. Potter name-vase of the Class of Boston 00.332. Painter near-the Group of Vatican G.57.


By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bruschi Collection, Corneto); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, February 1900

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund