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Two terracotta amphorae (jars)

Period:
Mid-Imperial
Date:
ca. A.D. 100–225
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; alkaline-glazed ware
Dimensions:
14 1/16in. (35.8cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1923
Accession Number:
23.228
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
These two vessels were probably made in the same workshop, since they are decorated with an array of similar appliqués around the neck, including images of Eros, an eagle, a female head, a grasshopper, and a pair of masks. The jars were perhaps made in Dura-Europos, a frontier city on the middle Euphrates River, and from there exported to both Roman Syria and Parthian Mesopotamia. These examples are said to be from sites in Syria–Epiphania (modern Hama) and Emesa (modern Homs).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Roman Glazed Pottery." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (4): pp. 94-5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 316-17, fig. 223, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 316-17, fig. 223, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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