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Attic Red-Figure Oinochoe, Shape 3 (Chous)

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Attic Red-Figure Oinochoe, Shape 3 (Chous)


Attributed to Oionokles Painter (Greek (Attic), active about 470 B.C.)


Greek (Attic)


Athens, Greece (Place Created)


about 470 B.C.



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23 × 18.6 cm (9 1/16 × 7 5/16 in.)

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With his head tilted back, his mouth open as if singing, and his arms thrown out in a dramatic gesture, the man on this vase shows the effects of a long night of drinking. Luckily, a servant-boy is there, anticipating his master's needs. The boy stands patiently carrying his master's belongings--a walking stick and a basket covered with a cloth--and holds out a vessel for him to urinate into. The jug he offers is a chous, a special form of oinochoe (wine-pitcher), and it is the very same shape as the vase on which this scene is depicted. Reinforcing the connection, another chous stands at the far right of the scene, garlanded with ivy. Shape and decoration are, therefore, neatly tied on this vase.

The chous was used during the Anthesteria, a three-day religious festival in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. A drinking contest was held on the second day of the festival, and these jugs were used to hold a standard amount of wine for the contest.

- 1964

Andre Emmerich Gallery (New York, New York), sold to Walter and Molly Bareiss, 1964.

1964 - 1983

Walter Bareiss, American, born Germany, 1919 - 2007 and Molly Bareiss, American, 1920 - 2006 (Stamford, Connecticut), distributed to the Mary S. Bareiss 1983 Trust, 1983.

Masterpieces of Greek Vase Painting: 7th to 5th century B.C. (April 22 to May 30 1964)
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Weltkunst aus Privatbesitz (May 18 to August 4, 1968)
  • Kunsthalle Köln (Cologne), May 18 to August 4, 1968
Greek Vases and Modern Drawings from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bareiss (June 13 to October 5, 1969) (p. 5, no. 59.)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), June 13 to October 5, 1969
Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past (August 23, 2003 to December 5, 2004)
  • Hood Museum of Art (Hanover), August 23 to December 14, 2003
  • Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati), May 21 to August 1, 2004
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14 to December 5, 2004

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