Pitcher (oinochoe) in the form of a female head

Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


17.7 cm (6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Plastic oinochoe with tri-lobed lip and a slightly concave neck. The mold-made body of vase is in the form of the head and neck of a girl. A single handle rises from the lip to the back of the woman’s head. She has a black “hat” with an ivy garland around it in red-buff overpaint, suggesting that she is meant to represent a maenad. Her eyes and brows outlined in black. There is a narrow black edge around base. The clay is red-buff with a black slip. Some chips are missing from the mouth and base edge. There is restoration at back of neck and base.


By date unknown:Charles Deering Collection; by date unknown: Barbara Deering Danielson (Mrs. Richard E. Danielson) Collection; gift of Barbara Deering Danielson, December 8, 1982 (as apparatus); accessioned September 25, 1991

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson