South Italian rhyton in the shape of a boar's head - ROM2018_16897_121

ROM2018_16897_121

South Italian rhyton in the shape of a boar's head

Medium:Mould-made and wheel-thrown earthenware with hand-modelled details
Geography: Made in Apulia, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 330-300 BC
Period: Hellenistic period
Dimensions:
19.8 x 10 x 21.4 cm
Object number: 982.58.8
Credit Line: Gift of Prof. Elisabeth Alfoldi
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece
Description

The rhyton was a conical cup originally used as a drinking horn in the Ancient Near East, where it was often made of metal. In the Greek world the shape was commonly used to pour out votive libations of wine.

This rhyton is mould-made in the shape of a boar's head, with hand-modelled details such as the snout, tusks and ears applied later. The neck of the vase is wheel-made.

Collection:
Greek World
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