Pitcher (oinochoe)

Classical Period
about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 423; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 28 cm (11 in.)

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On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



The lower end of the oinochoe’s handle merges into the forepart of a winged Siren who stands on a palmette flanked by volutes. On the handle, a stem leading to a waterleaf at the top, and at the front of the handle, facing the mouth, a half-figure bust of a woman in a chiton. Discs at terminations of the handle. The body has tongues in relief above a light ogee molding within a fillet. Bright green and crusty patina over part of the vase.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records found at Vaste, South Italy, with 96.708, 99.479 and 99.483, though not necessarily all in the same grave) and to have been in the collection of Mgr. Bacile, Bishop of Leuca); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund