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Rhyton in the Form of a Horse's Head
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Rhyton in the Form of a Horse's Head


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Description The mold-made lower portion of this drinking vessel was attached to the wheel-thrown neck prior to firing. The style of this rhyton indicates that it was made in the Greek colonies of southern Italy. Rhyta were produced in a variety of head shapes, including human; rams, mules, horses, deer, and griffins were especially popular. When lifted to the face for a drink, these rhyta might appear to be fabulous masks, but this delicate cup may not have been meant for daily use and may instead have been made as a funerary offering.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/19/2017Examinationinpainted; media consolidation
Provenance Eleanor Blodgett, New York, by 1924, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer Gallery, Inc., New York, 1924, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase, 1925; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
4th century BCE (Hellenistic)
Medium
terracotta, mold made; white slipped
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.207
Measurements
L: 8 1/16 × W: 3 3/8 × D: 4 5/16 in. (20.4 × 8.5 × 11 cm)
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Not On View

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