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Terracotta spiral amphora (jar)

ca. 675–650 B.C.
Terracotta; bucchero
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1896
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This distinctive shape, frequently incised with double spirals, is indigenous to Italy. The thin, flat handles and sharp curves imply that the shape derives from metallic prototypes, and indeed a silver example with gold handles was found in the Regolini-Galassi Tomb in Caere (modern Cerveteri).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. pp. 3-4, fig. 4, New York: Marchbanks Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 3.26b, pp. 42, 89, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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