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Olpe (pitcher)

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The handle of the olpe has a small palmette and terminates in the heads of two butting goats in flat relief. The rim is decorated with a bead and ovolo pattern. The bottom of the jug has been taken from some other object. Green and crusty patina.


By 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Rome Saulini sale 210 1899.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, South Italian, Hellenistic Period, late 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 444; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World