Terracotta vase with relief decoration

Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Erotes, Athena, Nike, and lyre-players

During the third century B.C., Tarentum fell under the hegemony of Rome. It was directly involved in the conflicts between Rome and the Carthaginians under Hannibal until finally losing its sovereignty to Rome in 209 B.C. The changed cultural environment affected artistic production. One innovation is represented by vases such as these, built up of various sections, decorated with subjects in relief, and brightly painted.

Terracotta vase with relief decoration, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Tarentine

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