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Terracotta amphora (jar)
Attributed to the St. Audries Painter
ca. 550 B.C.
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
diameter of mouth 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)
diameter of foot 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Obverse and reverse, chariot scene
Certain shapes, notably the kylix (drinking cup), tended to be decorated with scenes directly related to their function. Concurrently, certain subjects were favored by Attic artists at a given time. As the sixth century B.C. progressed, the chariot gradually took its iconographical place beside the horse and horseman. This representation, which has many counterparts, shows a youth at the horses' heads, attending to them in some way. The dignity in the depiction as well as the youth's solicitousness express the Athenians' esteem for man and horse.
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