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Oinochoe (wine jug) with a caricature of Oedipus and the Sphinx

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Caricature of meeting of Oedipus and Sphinx. Oedipus is nude except for a pilos, his cloak used only for padding as he leans on his staff to the right. His potbelly recalls the padded costume of comic actors. The Sphinx crouches to the left on an irregular pile of mottled rocks. Her body is more...

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By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon. From Capri (No label [on the vase]: but Bourguignon was certain of this)); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, South Italian, Late Classical Period, about 350–335 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Campania, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 081.


Height: 22.1 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World