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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 525–510 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 7/8 x 10 3/16in. (37.8 x 25.8cm) diameter of mouth 6 5/8in. (16.8cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.11.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, between warriors, eyes

A major iconographical innovation in Attic vase-painting about 540 B.C. was the introduction of pairs of eyes. Traditionally attributed to Exekias, it appears most commonly on cups but occurs on nearly every other shape. The motif was intended to ward off evil. In the context of the symposium (drinking party), it may have served against sickness and hangovers.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and Prof. Mary B. Moore. 1976. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of American. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphorae, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 4.. pls. 41.1, .2, 42.1, .2, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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