Pitcher (oinochoe)

Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.
Workshop of the Athena Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



Dionysos reclining under a grapevine. He is crowned with ivy and holds in outstretched right hand a kantharos from which he is spilling wine. Oinochoai were for pouring wine, and it is the winegod Dionysos who is depicted here. Wreathed with ivy and propped on a cushion, the god extends his kantharos to pour a libation. Behind him (or from him) grows a grapevine, heavy with grapes, as a sign of the god’s gift to mankind.

Condition: Repaired.


By 1877: W. S. Bigelow Collection (loaned to MFA, 1877); gift of W. S. Bigelow to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection