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Terracotta Nolan amphora (jar)

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 11/16 in. (34.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.117
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Obverse, warriors fighting Persian archer
Reverse, warrior

The almost miraculous Greek victory in 480 B.C. over the invading Persians, who were backed by the resources of a powerful empire, was the theme of much art produced in Greece during the first half of the fifth century B.C. Most images cast the battle in mythological terms; this is one of the few that show a Greek actually fighting a Persian.
McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 31-32, 87, 90, figs. 33, 111, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 31-32, 87, 90, figs. 33, 111, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 72, 214, pl. 54b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 1656, Add. 1, pp. 501-3, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Miller, Margaret C. 1989. "The Ependytes in Classical Athens." Hesperia, 58(3): p. 327, pl. 55b.

Bol, Renate. 1998. Amazones Volneratae: Untersuchungen ze den Ephesischen Amazonenstauen. n. 502, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Schnapp, Alain. 2003. "Espace et perspective corporelle dans l'imagerie grecque." Zum Verhältnis von Raum und Zeit in der griechischen Kunst : Passavant-Symposion, 8. bis 10. Dezember 2000, Peter C. Bol, ed. p. 54 n. 24, figs. 5a-b, pl. 3, Möhnesee: Bibliopolis.

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