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Terracotta nestoris (two-handled jar)

Attributed to the Painter of New York 52.11.2
Late Classical
ca. 360–350 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Lucanian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. with handles 15 in. (38.1 cm) H. without handles 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
On the body, obverse, youth extending a bird toward a woman
Reverse, two youths
On the neck, obverse and reverse, head and wings of Nike

While most shapes in South Italian vase-painting depend on Attic models, the nestoris is indigenous. It developed from the Messapian trozella (see 16.59 nearby) and was adopted in Lucania earlier than in other regions such as Apulia.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 117, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Heuer, Keely Elizabeth. 2015. "Vases with Faces: Isolated Heads in South Italian Vase Painting." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 50: pp. 68–69, fig. 12.

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