Terracotta two-handled vase

Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This vase is a variant of the funnel-jar with relief plaques 06.1021.248. The underlying shape is comparable. The decoration here is even more sculptural, with the two handles in the form of Erotes; plaster copies replace the originals, which are lost. The magnificently tactile Medusa on the front of the body may well fulfill her time-honored function of guardian and averter of evil. A statuette once stood on the ledge between her wings.
Four such vases were in the burial. This one belongs with the same group as the loutrophoroi 06.1021.245 and 06.1021.249; the pyxis 06.1021.253a, b; and the funnel-jar 06.1021.248a, b.

#1233. Terracotta two-handled vase

Terracotta two-handled vase, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Canosan

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