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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

5th century B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Terracotta; black-figure
H.: 11 11/16 in. (29.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, figure seated at altar
Reverse, recumbent satyr

There are numerous noteworthy iconographical features on this vase. The figure seated next to a flaming altar is most unusual, at least from the perspective of Greek iconography. It raises the question whether the figure and the altar have been conflated from two separate, though related, scenes. On the reverse, the satyr's hooves are articulated with particular delicacy, almost as though they were fancy shoes.
Said to be from Capua

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 38, figs. 111-12, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. p. 45, fig. 254, London: Phaidon 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. 10, pp. 17-8, pl. 6, Florence: Sansoni.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.115, pp. 132-3, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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