Attic red-figure rhyton shaped as a ram's head - 919.5.6_1


Attic red-figure rhyton shaped as a ram's head

Maker: Attributed to the Marlay Painter
Medium:Wheel-thrown and mould-made earthenware, slip-painted
Geography: Made in Athens, Greece; found in Arsinoe, Cyprus
Date: about 430 BC
Period: Greek Classical period
Height 21.3, diameter 12.9 cm
Object number: 919.5.6
Credit Line: Sigmund Samuel Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Greece

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 during religious rituals. 

This rhyton has a mould-made base in the shape of the head of a ram with a hole at that bottom (the ram's mouth) for the liquid to be poured. The ram's fleece is shown with barbitone dots (added clay pellets). The neck of the vase is wheel-made and decorated in red-figure technique with a girl dancing to the music of a draped musician playng a double aulos.

This vase was attributed to the Marlay Painter by Beazley. It was found in Arsinoe, Cyprus in 1886, probably in a tomb.

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