Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Terracotta neck-amphora of Panathenaic shape (jar)

Attributed to the Syleus Painter
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 17 9/16 in. (44.6 cm) diameter 11 7/16 in. (29 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, youth carrying wide, shallow bowl and branches
Reverse, youth with branches

The distinctive shape of the Panathenaic prize amphora, with its broad shoulder and sharply tapering body, was adopted on a smaller scale for other vases. The interpretation of the subject and of the function of this vase depends upon the identification of the bowl carried by the youth on the obverse. He may be a victorious athlete with a prize vase or simply a participant in the Panathenaic games.
Said to be from Vulci

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1923. "Athenian Pottery: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(11): p. 256.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 25, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 72, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 249, no. 9, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Barbieri, Gabriella and Jean Louis Durand. 1985. "Con il Bue a Spalla." Bollettino d'Arte.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. pp. 68 n. 319, 101 n. 453, 126 n. 525, 212 n. 853, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

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