Pitcher (oinochoe)

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about 320–310 B.C.
the White Sakkos Painter

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 072.


39.5 cm (15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Principal design, in white and yellow, a head of Nike, with wings. Slightly restored and retouched.

Oinochoe (shape 1)
Attributed to the White SakkosPainter
about 320-310 B.C.
In the center, rendered in yellow and white, the head of Nike emerges from a large flower. She looks up to her right, her face in three-quarter view. Her blonde hair escapes in front from beneath her sakkos. A necklace with black pendants circles her fleshy neck, and short wings spread out on either side of the head. Below this is a rich floral pattern of acanthus,flowers, and scrolling tendrils, with many details in white and yellow.
There is a large complex of palmettes and scrolls on the back and a band of dotted egg-pattern on the shoulder. On the neck are white rays below three horizontal lines. Two reserved stripes circle the lower body.
Such heads are usually identified as Nike, although Cambitoglou has suggested some may represent the effeminate Apulian form of Eros; see RVAp, II, p. 648, and the comments on cat. no. 21. For the White Sakkos Painter, see comments on cat. no. 69. Compare three jugs in Bari with similar heads of Nike. (RVAp,II,p.971, nos. 29/118-120).


By 1889: with R. Lanciani (purchased in Rome from Sig. Marinangeli; said to be from Ruvo); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1889

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution