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Terracotta amphora (storage jar)

Attributed to The Horse-Head Amphorae
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H.: 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Over one hundred Attic vases decorated with the head and neck of a horse, all dating from the first half of the sixth century B.C., are known. It has been suggested that they were given as prizes in the same way that standardized vases filled with olive oil were given to the victors in the Panathenaic games.
Said to be from Etruria

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of Athenian Vases." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23(4): p. 112.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 2, New York: Plantin Press.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 16, no. 19, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 9, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Markoe, Glenn and Nancy J. Serwint. 1985. Animal Style on Greek and Etruscan Vases : An Exhibition at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum. no. 22, pp. 20, 26, Burlington, Vermont: Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont.

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