Terracotta Nolan amphora (jar)

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

The Greeks relied on distinctive attire, attributes, and physical traits for the artistic representation of different peoples. The combat scene on this amphora contrasts Greek and foreign military fashions and equipment. A hoplite (foot soldier) in traditional Greek armor spears a Persian archer wearing elaborately patterned long sleeves and trousers, and a rounded cap with earflaps. The depiction of Persian dress here complements the extensive painted ornamentation seen on the nearby reconstruction of the archer from the Temple
of Aphaia on Aegina.

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

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