Pitcher (oinochoe)

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320–310 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 071.


Height: 40.4 cm (15 7/8 in.); diameter: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Principal design: Pegasus (white, details in yellow) galloping to left. Field filled with conventional decoration. Painted over in places.
The high-swung handle has a double ridge. The foot is “terraced” in four degrees and has a tall reserved stem. A hole passes through the foot of the vase. The mouth has a grooved rim.

Oinochoe (shape 1)
Attributed to the White Sakkos Painter
(The Chariot Group)
about 320-310 B.C.
Pegasus, painted in white, with details in yellow, gallops to the left over a flowering plant; a similar plant grows at right. He is not flying, for his left rear hoof touches the dotted groundline. The field is filled with a variety of conventional filling ornaments: rosettes, ivy leaves, fillets, and phialai, all touched with added white or yellow or both.
Two reserved stripes circle the lower body. There are large palmettes on the sides and back and a wave-pattern at the base of the handle. On the shoulder is a band of dotted egg-pattern, and there are white rays on the nect below three horizontal lines.
for the White Sakkos Painter, see comments on cat. no. 69. The vases of the Charior Group are from his mature phase, when large oinochoai were a favored shape. Trendall and Cambitoglou list eight more examples with this subject: RVAp.II, p. 975, nos. 29/180, 29/181, 29/181a, 29/182; RVAp, Suppl. 1, p. 188, no. 29/182a-b; RVAp, Suppl. II, p. 363, nos.
29/182 c-d.


By 1889: with Pio Marinangeli, Rome (MFA archival card: said to be from Ruvo); March 1889: purchased by R. Lanciani from Pio Marinangeli; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1889

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution