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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Acheloös Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 520–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse and reverse, revelers

Drinking plays a large part in Attic vase-painting. Many of the shapes were made for the symposium, and their decoration depicts varied aspects of the gatherings. This amphora shows two groups of men, wreathed with vine leaves and because they stand firmly, probably at the beginning of the evening.
Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 384, no. 18, New York: Hacker Art Books.

Jacquemin, Anne and Jean-Jacques Maffre. 1986. "Nouveaux vases grecs de la collection Zénon Piéridès à Larnaca (Chypre)." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 110(1): p. 180 n. 11.

Smith, T.J. 2003. "Black-Figure Komasts in ‘the Age of Red-Figure’: Continuity or Change." Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext: Akten des Internationalen Vasen-Symposions in Kiel vom 24.-28.9.2001. Veranstaltet durch das Archäologische Institut der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Bernhard Schmaltz and Magdalene Söldner, eds. p. 104 n. 31, Münster: Scriptorium.

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