Terracotta neck-amphora of Nicosthenic shape (jar)
- Attributed to the Class of Cabinet des Médailles 218
- ca. 510 B.C.
- Greek, Attic
- Terracotta; black-figure
- H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm); diameter of mouth 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); diameter of foot 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Fletcher Fund, 1956
- Accession Number:
Obverse, Herakles fighting Amazons; on the neck, fight
Reverse, Dionysos and satyrs; on the neck, courting scene
The Nicosthenic neck-amphora is characterized by ribbon handles that are attached at the top of the lip and on the shoulder. In addition the body tends to be egg-shaped and the neck quite narrow. The shape is named after Nikosthenes, the enterprising owner of a potter's establishment that exported actively to Etruria. Nikosthenes signed his wares often and specialized in Atticizing Etruscan shapes that evidently appealed to his western clientele.