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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
ca. 500–490 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John van Benschoten Griggs, 1946
Accession Number:
46.129.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, satyr with pelta (crescent-shaped shield) and thyrsos (fennel stalk with ivy)
Reverse, satyr with pelta and wineskin

Though unidentified, the artist here displays his skill by rendering the satyr from the front and from the back. The depiction of active movement and complex poses was made possible by the fluid line attainable with the red-figure technique.
Said to be from Greece

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