Pitcher (oinochoe)

Greek or Etruscan
Late Archaic or Classical period
5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 437; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

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On View

Ancient Greece: Dionysos & Symposium Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Around the middle of the oinochoe, a palmette band is set between fillets and beads; above and below, an enlarged ovolo is alternately inverted. Waterleaf motifs form a broad, raised fillet at the base. Beading sets off the bottom edge of a slightly flaring foot. In relief on the lower attachment of the handle a flying Nike of archaic type is running to the left in half kneeling pose and looking to the right. Even, dark green, glossy patina.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (said to have been found in 1891); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Said to come from the Italian Adriatic coast toward the South.; see also Warren's records for 1899 where it was said to have been found at Vaste with 99.479, 99.481 and 99.483, though not necessarily all in the same grave); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund