Pitcher (oinochoe)

Late Archaic Period
500–480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 436; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)


The Ancient World



On the front of the oinochoe’s handle, above the mouth, an archaic female head in high relief, with four parallel tresses at each side. Petaled circles form the ends of the handle on the left and right; these are enriched with rosettes in low relief. The base of the handle takes the form of a large, incised rosette (in palmette form). The body is enriched with long tongues and wave molding in fillets between. The handle is joined to the vase at the top by three large rivets on the inside of the lip; the heads of these rivets resemble buttons. Green and crusty patina.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records found at Vaste, South Italy, with 96.708, 99.481 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