Terracotta amphora (jar), Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Apulian

Terracotta amphora (jar)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; black-glaze
Dimensions:
H.: 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
In the general shape of the body, lip, handles, and foot, the vase is a descendant of the Panathenaic prize amphora. The ribbing on the body, by contrast, reflects a predilection of contemporary Apulian workshops. The fine foliate ornament on the neck, which originally would have been gilded, is both decorative and an evocation of the original function of the shape as a prize vase.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 149, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 186, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.