<em>Deer Head Rhyton</em>, ca. 1000–550 B.C.E. Clay, length: 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano, 2015.65.26. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2015.65.26_PS9.jpg)

Deer Head Rhyton

Medium: Clay

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1000–550 B.C.E.

Dimensions: length: 13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm) diameter of mouth: 4 3/4 in. (12 cm)



Accession Number: 2015.65.26

Image: 2015.65.26_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A conical horn tapers downward from a flat cuff at the top to a curving terminal that forms a simplified deer head. The head has a pronounced convex profile with a protruding upper lip and a concave underside. The edges of the jaws are sharply modeled and between them a small round hole allows the liquid to run out. Short branching antlers and naturalistically modeled ears extend at right angles to the axis of the vessel. In contrast to these three-dimensional forms, the almond-shaped eyes have essentially flat rims with shallowly incised outlines and canuli. The shape and balance of the entire vessel allows it to support itself only if stood upside down on its rim.

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