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Terracotta aryballos (oil flask)

Signed by Nearchos as potter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 570 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cesnola Collection, by exchange, 1926
Accession Number:
26.49
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Around the lip, pygmies fighting cranes
Around the main surface of the handle, three satyrs; on the ends, Hermes and Perseus; on top, two tritons

Both potter and painter, Nearchos was one of the great artists active about 570 B.C. His son, Tleson, was the major potter of Little Master cups in the succeeding generation. Both were literate; they inscribed their vases. This aryballos is exceptional for the precision and vigor of the figures.
Signature: Signed by Nearchos as potter
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