Pitcher (oinochoe)

Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 360–350 B.C.
Painter The Monash Group

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 026.


Height: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Oinochoe (shape 5A)
A youth, nude save for shoes, a himation, and wreath, stands at the left and offers a phiale full of cakes or eggs in his left hand to a female seated on a rock, who holds a stylized branch in her right hand. She wears a necklace, bracelets, and a sakkos, all in white, as well as a chiton and himation. A quadrated disk floats in the upper field.
The head of a bearded silenos on top of the handle is cast from a rather worn mold. The picture has lateral frames of horizontal zigzags and an upper frame of ivy over a band of dotted egg-pattern. The groundline consist of stopt maeanders and cross-squares. For the ivy, compare that on the shoulder of one of the phlyax vases in the Ragusa collection (Trendall, Phlyax, 1967, pl. 8d).

(text from Vase-Painting In Italy, catalogue entry no. 26)


By date unknown: Richard Norton Collection; by 1912: Misses Norton Collection (loaned to MFA on July 8, 1912 as 924.12); gift of the Misses Norton to MFA, September 11, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Norton