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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with lid

Attributed to the Micali Painter
ca. 525–500 B.C.
Terracotta; black-figure
H.: 15 7/16 in. (39.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.9.177a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Around the body, winged horses and a siren
On the shoulder, ivy between eyes

The Micali Painter was the most prolific Etruscan black-figure artist of the last quarter of the sixth century B.C.. His workshop seems to have been located in Vulci, where a high proportion of his works have also been found. His style is distinctive because he gives the impression of painting his subjects with glaze, now more tightly, often quite loosely. Though he uses incised lines for articulation, they are of secondary importance.
Said to be from Umbria

Beazley, John D. 1947. Etruscan Vase Painting. p. 295, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Uggeri, G. 1975. "Una Nuova Anfora del Pittore di Micali in una Collezione Ticinese." Numismatica e Antichità Classiche, 4: no. 22, p. 40, appendix.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 84, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Spivey, Nigel Jonathan. 1987. "The Micali Painter and his Followers." Ph.D. Diss. no. 108, p. 20. Clarendon Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.107, pp. 126–27, 274, 312, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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