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.


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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