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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 5/16 x 6 1/4in. (26.2 x 15.8cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.11.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, on the shoulder, racing chariot

Athletic events and competitions are among the most popular subjects decorating Athenian vases of the late sixth and fifth centuries B.C. The vignette on the shoulder may well have been inspired by the representations on Panathenaic prize vases. The scene here includes two goalposts; they probably mirror the columns flanking Athena on the obverse of prize vases.
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