Ram's head rhyton

Classical Period
about 460–450 B.C.
Potter Sotades, The Manner of the Sotades Painter

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens


Height: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.); diameter: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure technique

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215B)


The Ancient World



In form of a ram’s head. Traces of white coating. On the rim is painted (A) a figure seated on a rock, closely draped in himation (B) a woman standing profile to left, holding a spear and shield.
[Label text]:
This drinking horn, or rhyton, is an elaborate vessel in the shape of a ram’s head. On the rim of the rhyton is a seated youth and a woman holding a spear and a shield. It is possible that this is a representation of Achilles and his mother Thetis, giving him the armor made by the god Hephaestus.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Rome, said to be from Campania (probably Carti or Capua), but it seemed that it could be traced to Greece); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund