Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta two-handled vase

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm) diameter 17 5/16 in. (44 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.246a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This vase is a variant of the funnel-jar with relief plaques 06.1021.248. The underlying shape is comparable. The decoration here is even more sculptural, with the two handles in the form of Erotes; plaster copies replace the originals, which are lost. The magnificently tactile Medusa on the front of the body may well fulfill her time-honored function of guardian and averter of evil. A statuette once stood on the ledge between her wings.
Four such vases were in the burial. This one belongs with the same group as the loutrophoroi 06.1021.245 and 06.1021.249; the pyxis 06.1021.253a, b; and the funnel-jar 06.1021.248a, b.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 171, fig. 108, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 206-7, fig. 143, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 206-7, fig. 143, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jeammet, Violaine. 2003. "Quelques particularités de la production des pleureuses canosines en terre cuite." Revue Archéologique, 2(36): pp. 255-92.

Steinhart, Matthias. 2003. "Die Reliefs des Geryoneus von Golgoi." Thetis, 10: pp. 45-53.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 234, pp. 198, 450, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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