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Terracotta amphora with lid

3rd quarter of the 6th century B.C.
Terracotta; black-figure, Pontic ware
H.: 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.26a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
On the shoulder panel, obverse, two mermen. On the reverse, two confronted dogs. Around the lower body, six metopes with birds.

This colorful and unusual vase presents an enterprising Etruscan artist's interpretation of an originally Greek shape and type of decoration. The amphora, with its lid, two-part handles, echinus foot, and rays at the base of the body as well as the black-figure technique, depends on Athenian prototypes of the mid-sixth century B.C. The placement of the panels, their subject matter, and the contrast between black and red in the use of color reflect an independent Etruscan spirit. The metopes filled with birds recall the Attic cup by the Amasis Painter showing the stables of Poseidon (exhibited in Gallery 154). The function of the amphora would probably have been for storage. The closest parallel is another amphora in the university museum in Bonn, Germany.
By 1963, collection of Heinz Hoek, Basel, Switzerland; inherited by one of his two grandchildren, Florian Hoek, Basel, Switzerland; acquired in 2012, purchased through Cahn Auktionen AG, Basel, Switzerland.
Dohrn, Tobias. 1963. "Etruskische Amphora in Basler Privatbesitz." Antike Kunst, 6 (2): pp. 62–66, pl. 24, 1–4.

Rizzo, Maria Antonietta. 1988. Un Artista Etrusco e il Suo Mondo: Il Pittore de Micali, Studi di archeologia, 5. p. 38, n. 51, Rome: De Luca.

Gaultier, Francoise. 1995. "Musée du Louvre: Fasc. 24." Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. France., Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum., Vol. 25. p. 53, Paris: E. de Boccard.

Bentz, Martin. 2008. Rasna: Die Etrusker. p. 166, n. 6, Petersberg: Akademisches Kunstmuseum Universität Bonn.

Cahn Auktionen AG. 2011. Kunstwerke der Antike: Auktion 6. Privatsammlungen aus der Schweiz, Belgien, Deutschland und weiterer Besitz, Alter Orient, Ägyptische, Griechische, Etruskische und Römische Kunstwerke. November 5, 2011. lot 175.

Mertens, Joan R., Dr. 2012. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2010-2012." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 70(2): p. 8.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. "A New Addition to the Metropolitan Museum's Etruscan Collection." Etruscan News, 15. pp. 11, 29.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.110, pp. VIII, IX, 12, 126, 129–30, 312, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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