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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
On either side, four running warriors

These four warriors running close together with overlapping shields illustrate the simple but effective tactical formation of the Greek infantry. Heavily armed soldiers were deployed in closely packed rows that moved as a unit, called a phalanx.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1891. Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21: pp. 502-3.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1892. Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 22: pp. 534, 552.

von Bothmer, Dietrich and Prof. Mary B. Moore. 1976. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. United States of America 16. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 4. Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphorae, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Fascicule 4. pl. 38, 1–4, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Johnston, Alan W. 1979. Trademarks on Greek Vases. p. 167, Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips.

Raeck, Wulf. 1981. "Zum Barbarenbild in der Kunst Athens im 6. und 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr. PhD diss." Ph.D. Diss. note 210. Universität Bonn.

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