Mug (oinochoe type 8B)
Greek, South Italian
Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
The A-B-C Group (The Winterthur Group)
Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia
Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 055.
Height: 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
A woman’s head is in profile to the left, wearing a kekryphalos, a yellow necklace, and yellow earrings. The wreath of ivy around the rim has white leaves and an incised stem. A palmette is under the handle, and there are scrolling tendrils along the sides. The floral motifs and parts of the kekryphalos are enriched with added yellow.
The A-B-C Group is a subgroup of the Winterthur Group, which consists primarily of pelikai, kraters, and choes. Vases of both groups have female heads in kekryphaloi, with the hair in back doubly secured by a white fillet with a small loop at the top. These vases were among the minor pots so copiously produced in the Darius-Underworld Workshop.
(text from Vase-Painting In Italy, catalogue entry no. 55)
By date unknown: Michael Filides Collection; gift of Michael Filides to MFA, April 10, 1969
Gift of Michael Filides