Terracotta Nolan amphora (jar)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

Obverse, warriors fighting Persian archer
Reverse, warrior

The almost miraculous Greek victory in 480 B.C. over the invading Persians, who were backed by the resources of a powerful empire, was the theme of much art produced in Greece during the first half of the fifth century B.C. Most images cast the battle in mythological terms; this is one of the few that show a Greek actually fighting a Persian.

Terracotta Nolan amphora (jar), Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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