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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the St. Audries Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm) diameter of mouth 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm) diameter of foot 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, chariot scene

Certain shapes, notably the kylix (drinking cup), tended to be decorated with scenes directly related to their function. Concurrently, certain subjects were favored by Attic artists at a given time. As the sixth century B.C. progressed, the chariot gradually took its iconographical place beside the horse and horseman. This representation, which has many counterparts, shows a youth at the horses' heads, attending to them in some way. The dignity in the depiction as well as the youth's solicitousness express the Athenians' esteem for man and horse.
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