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Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Brygos Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480–470 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. x diameter 12 x 7 5/8 in. (30.5 x 19.4 cm); diameter of foot 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); diameter of mouth 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cesnola Collection, by exchange, 1925
Accession Number:
25.189.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Eos pursuing Tithonos
Reverse, boy fleeing

Tithonos on his way to school pursued by Eos, the goddess of dawn, appears to particular effect here, thanks in part to the handling of the shape. The Nolan amphora offers large areas of black glaze that not only set off the figures but even evoke the darkness before dawn. The continuous ornament contributes to the impression of motion around the vase.
Said to be from Gela

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 383, no. 201, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eos, no. 199, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Panvini, Rosalba and Filippo Giudice. 2003. Ta Attika: Veder Greco a Gela Ceramiche Attiche Figurate dall' Antica Colonia no. G53, p. 315, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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