Terracotta vase with relief decoration
1st half of the 2nd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Tarentine
H. with lid 21 in. (53.4 cm)
H. without lid 18 5/16 in. (46.5 cm)
Erotes, Athena, Nike, and lyre-players
During the third century B.C., Tarentum fell under the hegemony of Rome. It was directly involved in the conflicts between Rome and the Carthaginians under Hannibal until finally losing its sovereignty to Rome in 209 B.C. The changed cultural environment affected artistic production. One innovation is represented by vases such as these, built up of various sections, decorated with subjects in relief, and brightly painted.
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