Pitcher (oinochoe)

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 330–320 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 062.


25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Principal ornament a female head, profile to left, rising from a lily. Yellow and white used.
A small, mold-made head is at either end of the handle, the upper one white with yellow hair, the lower one black. The tapering neck is tall and slender; the body is ovoid, with a flattened shoulder. The trefoil mouth is tightly constricted and flanked by rotellas. The handle is high, with a double ridge. The echinus foot has two grooves around its lower edge and a sharp molding below the juncture with the body.

Oinochoe (shape 1)
Close to or by the Baltimore Painter
about 330-320 B.C.
On the front of the body is a female head in profile to the left, rising from a large white flower. The woman or goddess wears a necklace, earrings, beaded fillet, and striped sakkos; her eye is damaged. On either side of the head is an elaborate floral design with much added white and yellow.
On the front of the mouth is a band of stamped egg-pattern, painted white. There are rosettes on the rotelles by the mouth. Bands of dotted egg-pattern circle the shoulder and the middle of the neck, with white rays on the lower neck between them. The circling groundline consists of triple maeanders to left alternating with dotted cross-squares. On the back of the body is an elaborate palmette complex, highlighted with yellow dots.
For floral heads of this type, see comments on cat. no. 21. For the Baltimore Painter, see comments on cat. no. 61.


By date unknown: Thomas Gold Appleton Collection (according to Robinson, Catalogue, no. 499: purchased by him of Alessandro Castellani. From Canosa); gift of Thomas Gold Appleton to MFA, 1876

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton