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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)
Attributed to the Affecter
ca. 550–540 B.C.
H. 15 3/16 in. (38.5 cm); diameter of mouth 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Obverse and reverse, on the shoulder, horseman setting out; on the neck, men pursuing youths; under each handle, Pegasos, the mythical winged horse
The decoration derives entirely from the Athenian man's world. Because one onlooker proffers an aryballos (oil flask), the protagonists in the primary zone may be returning home rather than departing. The scenes on the neck probably pertain to the gymnasium where older trainers mingle with the athletes.
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