Pitcher (trefoil mouth oinochoe)

Late Geometric IIa Period
735–720 B.C.
Attributed to The Hunt Group

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 269b.


Height: 23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Zig-zag on handle. On the neck: band of hatching, dotted lozenge chain, checkerboard, dotted lozenge chain, cross-hatched lozenge chain. On the body, the main scene is one of hunting. Six men, four foxes (with longer and thicker tails) and 10-11 hounds; a goat-like animal appears in front of one man (opposite handle); one man appears to hold a dead animal (fox?) in his hand. There is a large area of faded slip near the handle. Below the main scene, a dotted lozenge chain and wolftooth variant.


Said to come from the collection of “Dr. Schlieman” [see note 1]. September 28, 1923, sold by Moise Emanuelides (dealer), Athens, to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock nos. P639 and P747); 1925, sold by Brummer Gallery to the MFA for $855 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: March 5, 1925)

[1] According to the Brummer Gallery stock card. [2] MFA accession nos. 25.42 and 25.43 were purchased together for this amount. Because the stock cards from the Brummer Gallery give identical descriptions for the two vases, it is not possible to tell which was stock no. P639 and which was P747.

Credit Line

Richard Norton Memorial Fund