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Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Achilles Painter
ca. 460–450 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm) diameter 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Obverse, woman pouring libation for Athena
Reverse, youth

It is impossible to determine whether the woman pouring the libation is divine or mortal. This indefiniteness emphasizes a characteristically Greek blurring of boundaries, in this case between gods and men. The youth, who stands as a typical mortal observer on the reverse, suggests that the setting is Athens.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1912, Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 (7): p. 157.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 19, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 99, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 989, no. 24, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. "Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 31(1): pp. 4–5.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1972. Greek Vase Painting: An Introduction. p. 5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kaltsas, Nikolaos and H. Alan Shapiro. 2008. Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens no. 5, p. 46, New York: The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), Inc.

Padgett, J. Michael. 2017. The Berlin Painter and His World : Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. p. 76, fig. 16, New Haven: Yale University Press.

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