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Bronze pointed neck-amphora with stand

Period:
Late Archaic–Classical
Date:
ca. 500–450 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Total H. of amphora on stand 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm) H. of amphora 19 in. (48.3 cm) H. of stand 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.171a, b
  • Description

    The gleaming golden color visible on the surface of these bronzes provides a rare glimpse of the original appearance of a bronze from classical antiquity. The quality of the chasing on the amphora is particularly fine; on the shoulder is a tongue pattern in shallow relief, below which are bands and running spirals with a chain of horizontal palmettes in between. The separately cast handles terminate at the shoulder with spotted feline heads fringed with flamelike tufts of hair. A terracotta pointed neck-amphora and its conical stand can also been seen in this gallery.

  • References

    Hemingway, Seán A. 2005. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2004-2005." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 63(2): p. 7.

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 107, pp. 101, 427.

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