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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Later Mannerists
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 430 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
96.18.59
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Komos (revel). Obverse, flute-player and youth with skyphos
Reverse, two youths

The young men are the same Athenian citizens who participated in the Panathenaic games. For an understanding of Attic vases, it is important to recognize that the shapes, their functions, and their decoration had a well-defined place in Athenian life. As a result, they are also our most informative visual source on the details of Athenian life.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1121, no. 13, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Mannack, Thomas. 2001. The Late Mannerists in Athenian Vase Painting. cat. UI.13, p. 147, New York: Cambridge University Press.

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