In its shape and decoration, this piece differs significantly from the vases of Greek derivation with which it was found. With its rotund, closed body and oblique neck, it is related to the indigenous Italic, Daunian form exhibited in the neighboring gallery of South Italian art. Instead of painted decoration, mold-made figures were fastened with pegs to the flange that serves as a ground-line. The surviving example belongs to a representation of the death of the Niobids. The reliefs shown close by were acquired with the vase but do not belong to it. This work was found in the same burial as the loutrophoroi 06.1021.245 and 06.1021.249; the pyxis 06.1021.253a, b; and the two-handled vase 06.1021.246a, b.
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