Terracotta neck-amphora

Greek, Attic

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 151

The iconography of this vase is emphatically martial. On the neck, a warrior appears between two horses; on the body is a procession of chariots. The painted decoration is enhanced by snakes added in clay. Snakes are traditionally associated with death because they can burrow under the ground and periodically shed their skin, a sign of renewal.

Terracotta neck-amphora, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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