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Ram-Head Rhyton

Ram-Head Rhyton

c. 480-470 BC

Earthenware with slip decoration

Overall: 19 x 12.8 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/16 in.); Diameter of rim: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1988.8

Fun Fact

A rhyton is a roughly conical bowl, usually in the shape of an animal head, from which fluids were intended to be drunk or to be poured.

Description

On the bowl three men recline at a drinking party (or symposium): a youth wearing a kidaris (a flapped Scythian hat) plays double pipes as a lyre hangs on the wall behind him; a bearded man holds a kylix in his extended right hand; and another bearded man holds a large skyphos to his chest. Before the heads of each symposiast is an identical nonsense inscription. Flanking the handle in the zone to the left, a satyr plays double pipes; in the zone to the right a maenad dances.

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