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.
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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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