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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Signed by Andokides as potter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Christos G. Bastis, in honor of Carlos A. Picón, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.30a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Obverse and reverse, chariot

This is the earliest preserved vase with the signature of the potter Andokides. Thus it constitutes a most important piece of evidence concerning the beginnings of the artist from whose workshop the red-figure technique emerged. It shares features with vases of Nikosthenes and Group E. The shape and the allocation of ornament—the zone of ivy for instance—testify to an independent artistic personality.
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