Terracotta neck-amphora (jar), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 560–550 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 7/16 in. (36.7 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
While the function of a particular vase shape remained quite constant, the manner of decoration allowed many variations—such as the presence or absence of glaze, which made the surface predominantly light or dark, and the placement of the ornamental and decorative elements in relation to the shape. With the limited means available to Attic potters and vase-painters, the control of such details determined the effect of their works, as this seemingly simple vase demonstrates.
Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 12, New York: Plantin Press.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 51 n. 6.