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Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Painter of London E 342
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.115
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Nike (the personification of victory) holding a fillet
Reverse, youth leaning on staff

The subject of Nike crowning a youth occurs often on Greek vases. It is interesting to reflect that when Nike and the victor appear in a scene together, the action is understood as occurring before us. When the two protagonists are shown on opposite sides of a vase, as here, an interval of time is added between what we see and what we know will happen.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 667, no. 15, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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