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Terracotta vase with relief decoration

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
1st half of the 2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. with lid 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.19.3a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Erotes, Athena, Nike, and lyre-players

During the third century B.C. Tarentum fell under the hegemony of Rome. It was directly involved in the conflicts between Rome and the Carthaginians under Hannibal until finally losing its sovereignty to Rome in 209 B.C. The changed cultural environment led to changes in artistic production. One innovation is represented by vases such as these, built up of various sections, decorated with subjects in relief, and brightly painted.
Lippolis, Enzo. 1996. Arte e Artigianato in Magna Grecia. pp. 471-3, Napoli: Electa.

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