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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Group of the Horse-Head Amphorae

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 600 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 22 11/16 in. (57.6 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.7
  • Description

    Obverse and reverse, head of a horse

    The so-called Horse-Head amphorae were produced during the first half of the sixth century B.C., especially the early part. With few exceptions, the subject of the front and back is a horse's head and neck. While the precise significance is unclear, the reference is clearly to the horse as a symbol of status and wealth. The vases vary in size and were widely exported in antiquity, to Italy, the eastern Mediterranean, and Egypt. Their function would have varied as well. Because of its size and the signs of wear, this example may have stood on a grave.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Anavyssos, Attica

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. New York: Plantin Press, pp. 3-4, fig. 1.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 40, 186, pl. 3c.

    Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. New York: Hacker Art Books, p. 16, no. 4.

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