Etruscan jug depicting a comic dwarf and horse

M47

£1,500.00

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A red figure pottery beaked oinochoe decorated with a scene depicting a rearing horse and two naked dwarf-like figures.

The central figure appears to be shaking his fist at the horse and the second figure has fallen onto his knees in a state of inebriation while holding a thyrsus. The decoration probably represents a scene from a comic play involving drunken slaves or dwarves.

Culture
Etruscan, 4th Century BC

Condition
Beak and one side of spout partially lost, foot chipped. Some remnants of old clay restoration on the spout.

Size
21 x 11.3 cms

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Nottingham, UK; acquired in the 19th Century.

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