Quadruple vase ("Head-Cruet")

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
End of 4th century B.C.
Artist The Head-Cruet Class

Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 094.


Height: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure

Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Four small, lidded, black-glazed stamnoid pyxides, with rolled-back handles, sit on a cylindrical base decorated with alternating red-figure palmettes in black and white triangular frames. Between each pair of pyxides is a mold-made female head with Phrygian cap, also glazed black. In the center is a black loop handle. The hollow base has concave sides, flaring slightly at the bottom.
Trendall (LCS, pp. 570-571; LCS, Suppl. III, p. 261) lists several such cruets, including some with the same type of triangular palmettes. To his list may be added two examples recently in the art market (Christie’s, July 11, 1990, no. 182; and Sotheby’s, June 20, 1990, no. 198). The jars may have held offerings for the tomb. Like vessels of the Kemai Group, represented by catalogue no. 93, they have been found in tombs in Teano in association with late red-figure works of the TT Group.

(text from Vase-Painting In Italy, catalogue entry no. 94)


By date unknown: Misses Norton Collection (loaned to MFA on July 8, 1912 as 923.12); gift of the Misses Norton to MFA, September 11, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Norton