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Terracotta Nicosthenic neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th–6th century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; bucchero
Dimensions:
Other: 9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (23.5 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of L. P. di Cesnola, 1875
Accession Number:
75.4.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This distinctive form of amphora with strap handles and a neck sharply separated from the body is originally Etruscan. The decoration here is limited to diagonal lines of impressed dots between pairs of relief lines. During the second half of the sixth century the shape was reinterpreted in Athenian pottery establishments for an Etruscan clientele. The fabric became thinner and, thanks to the techniques of black-figure and red-figure, allowed for vegetal and pictorial embellishment.The principal Athenian workshop purveying such vases to Etruria was that of Nikosthenes.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 55, fig. 31, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 64-65, fig. 41, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 64-65, fig. 41, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.61a, pp. 42, 88-9, 90, 305, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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