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Drinking horn (rhyton) in the form of the head of a sea monster

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Horn-shaped vase with a handle that terminates in the head of a sea monster (ketos). A hole passes through the mouth of the ketos, permitting liquid to flow out of the vessel. The rhyton is white coated on the outside and black-glazed on the inside. The piece is unbroken but the tempera...

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By 1999: with H.A.C. Kunst der Antike, Basel (Bernheimer and H.A.C. Galleries, Apollo und Dionysos: Meisterwerke der Antike und Gemalde Alter Meister [exhibition catalogue July 1999]); purchased from H.A.C. Kunst der Antike by Brian T. Aitken, Acanthus Gallery, 22 East 80th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021; purchased by MFA from Brian T. Aitken, Acanthus Gallery, December 15, 1999

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins, Gift by contribution, Francis Bartlett Donation, Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren, and Gift of W. S. Appleton, by exchange

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 330–310 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia ?, Italy


Height x length: 18.5 x 26.5 cm (7 5/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World