Terracotta patera (shallow bowl with handle)

Greek, South Italian, Apulian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161

Yellow-slipped pottery is unusual in Apulia but typically occurs in pairs of oinochoai and paterae. The jug served to pour liquids, and the patera was one of several shapes used for offerings. The handle of the patera is in the shape of a youth with hands raised; two rams form the transition to the bowl; and a ram's head appears below the youth's feet—a convention for bronze handles since the Archaic period.

Terracotta patera (shallow bowl with handle), Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian

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