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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H.: 11 11/16 in. (29.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.43
  • Description

    Obverse, figure seated at altar
    Reverse, recumbent satyr

    There are numerous noteworthy iconographical features on this vase. The figure seated next to a flaming altar is most unusual, at least from the perspective of Greek iconography. It raises the question whether the figure and the altar have been conflated from two separate, though related, scenes. On the reverse, the satyr's hooves are articulated with particular delicacy, almost as though they were fancy shoes.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Capua

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. New York: Marchbanks Press, p. 38, figs. 111-12.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. London: Phaidon Press, p. 45, fig. 254.

    Badoni, Franca Parise. 1968. Ceramica Campana a Figure Nere, Studi e materiali dell'Istituto di etruscologia e antichità italiche dell'Università di Roma 5; Capua Preromana 2. Florence: Sansoni, no. 10, pp. 17-8, pl. 6.

    de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 4.115, pp. 132-3.

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