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Accession_Number 50.4.22
adlib_title Apulian: Tarantine relief; white ground rhyton
Shape Rhyton
Shape_description The bowl is a variant of Hoffmann's shape III (see H. Hoffmann, Tarentine Rhyta [Mainz 1966] 2) but the bowl is unusually aligned with the animal head. The Reading example corresponds to Hoffmann's 'main group' of Tarentine ram's-head rhyta, and particularly to his group E, which is 'the first wholly naturalistic representation of the ram-head', which he ascribes to the 'hand of Coroplast Beta'
Material Terracotta
Fabric Apulian: Tarantine
Fabric_description
Munsell_color 5YR 6/4
Decoration Wide mouth, with downturned molded rim (grooved), tapering to a neck that gradually widens to form the head of a ram, whose horns curl around his ears. Horizontal strap handle joins neck just below rim and loops around to rejoin the body just behind the ram's horns (on the underside of its neck).
Inscriptions
Condition Clay is suffering from corrosion, many deposits over surface. Detail lost on some of the features of the ram. Part of left ear broken. Handle broken and rejoined.
Technique/Style Relief; white ground
Provenance
Period Early Hellenistic
Date 325-300
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Artist
Attribution
Image
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View of the mouth of a ram's head rhyton, showing the mouth and top of the handle.
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Left side view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Bottom view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Right side view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Top view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Right side view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Bottom view of a ram's head rhyton.
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Height 18.6
Diameters Mouth 9.0; neck 5.1
Handle_height 8.1
Other_dims. Horn to nose 11.8; W. (ear to ear) 12.0
Location Symposium
Edited_by Faye Cheesman; Kinsey
Date_edited 23.07.2003; 10.01.2006
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