Pitcher (oinochoe) with butcher's shop scene
Late Archaic Period
about 500–490 B.C.
the Class of Vatican G 47
Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens
Height: 25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.); diameter: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Figure
A butcher cutting up meat. Meaningless inscription. The bearded butcher wields a knife and wears a white loincloth (perizoma) and an (ivy?) wreath. He is about to cut up a haunch and the leg of a hooved animal over an altar-like block. A nude boy with a decorated mantle over his arm steadies the leg on the table. Two pieces of meat are on a table behind. A basin is placed below them, presumably to catch the blood. Another haunch of meat hangs from vines in the background.
Meaningless inscriptions to right of the scene and behind the boy's head.
By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Sent from Italy.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund