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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund