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Fragment of a terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Painter of the Geneva Orestes
Late Classical
ca. 360–350 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Paestan
Terracotta; red-figure
Overall: 3 7/8 x 4 11/16 in. (9.8 x 11.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dietrich von Bothmer, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Woman with basket on her head in a finerary structure

The fragment belongs to a funerary representation. With her right hand, the woman is holding onto one of the columns supporting a funerary structure. On her head, she carries a shallow basket hung with fillets that she will probably bring to the tomb. The fragment is notable for its fine drawing and polychromy as well as for the basket that so resembles a sombrero.
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.

Trendall, Arthur Dale. 1987. The Red-Figured Vases of Paestum. no. 2, p. 57, pl. 16a, Rome: British School at Rome.

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