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Terracotta jar

Period:
Mid-Imperial
Date:
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; Cnidian relief ware
Dimensions:
6 1/2in. (16.5cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.252
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The molded figures on the body of this container can be identified as Dionysus standing and Silenus riding on a donkey. The jar is a rare, but not unheard of, example of eastern pottery imported into Italy.
Said to be from Tarentum (South Italy)

Hausmann, Ulrich. 1954. "Oinophoroi." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung, 69/70: p. 136, fig. 46, 2.

Carratelli, Giovanni Pugliese and Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli. 1981. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale: Atlante delle Forme Ceramiche, Vol. 1. p. 234, pl. 120.2, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

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