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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

5th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; black-figure
H.: 8 5/16 in. (21.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Around vase, procession of figures to an altar

Of the major regions in Southern Italy producing painted vases, only Campania had a significant black-figure output. As the present example indicates, the technique employs a minimum of incision, making it closer to silhouette than actual figure. While dependent on Attic models, a piece such as this one is distinct in the decoration that circles the vase rather than being divided by the handles into front and back.
Said to be from Capua

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 38, fig. 117, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Badoni, Franca Parise. 1968. Capua Preromana: Ceramica Campana a Figure Nere, Studi e materiali dell'Istituto di etruscologia e antichità italiche dell'Università di Roma 5; Capua Preromana 2. no. 6, pp. 60-61, pl. 29, Florence: Sansoni.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.114, p. 132, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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