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Fragments of a terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
.a: 2 3/4 × 3 1/16 × 3/16 in. (6.9 × 7.9 × 0.4 cm) .b: 1 9/16 × 1 9/16 × 1/8 in. (4 × 3.9 × 0.4 cm) .c: 1 5/16 × 2 × 1/8 in. (3.4 × 5 × 0.3 cm) .d: 1 1/2 × 1 3/8 × 1/8 in. (3.9 × 3.4 × 0.4 cm) .e: 5/8 × 1 7/16 × 3/16 in. (1.5 × 3.6 × 0.5 cm) .f: 2 3/4 × 3 1/16 × 3/16 in. (6.9 × 7.9 × 0.4 cm) .g: 1 × 2 5/8 × 3/16 in. (2.6 × 6.7 × 0.5 cm) .h: 1 1/2 × 1 5/16 × 1/8 in. (3.8 × 3.3 × 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.57a–h
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the body, obverse and reverse, Dionysos, satyrs, and maenads
Subsidiary panel on the obverse, satyrs and maenads

These fragments originally belonged to a rare and particularly engaging type of amphora in the Amasis Painter's oeuvre. The decoration consisted of the primary figural scene but also of a subsidiary frieze at the top of the panel. In addition to the black-figure technique, the artist employed simple outline to render the flesh parts of the maenads. This use of pure drawn line came into its own about 530 B.C. as the red-figure technique. The Amasis Painter and contemporaries such as Sakonides anticipated, in some works, the new manner of decoration.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and Alan L. Boegehold. 1985. The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase-Painting in Sixth-Century B.C. Athens. no. 18 bis, pp. 43, 110-12, 128, Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1985. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984 through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 115: p. 38.

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