Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta neck-amphora

4th quarter of the 8th century B.C.
Greek, Attic
H.: 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151
The iconography of this vase is emphatically martial. On the neck, a warrior appears between two horses; on the body is a procession of chariots. The painted decoration is enhanced by snakes added in clay. Snakes are traditionally associated with death because they can burrow under the ground and periodically shed their skin, a sign of renewal.
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