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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with lid and knob (27.16)

Attributed to Exekias
ca. 540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
diameter 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.14a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
On the body, obverse and reverse, man and woman in chariot accompanied by woman and kithara player
On the shoulder, combat of foot soldiers and horsemen

Black-figure was a cumbersome, restricted, and quite artificial technique. The vases in this room testify to the variety of effect and the forcefulness of expression that is nonetheless permitted. Probably the greatest single black-figure artist was Exekias, who was both potter and painter. Although the essential ingredients of this work are traditional, its particular character is evident in the robust shape, the extraordinary precision and vitality in the figures and ornament, and the perfect relation of the decorative elements to the body beneath.
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Possibly between 1787-1790, acquired by Sir William Hamilton (British Envoy and Plenipotentiary at the court of Naples), Naples; from the late 1780's to 1801, possibly in the collection of Sir William Hamilton; 1801-1917, vase and lid probably in the possession of the Hope Family, at Deepdene, Surrey, England (1801-1831 with Thomas Hope; 1831-1862 with Henry Thomas Hope; 1862-1877 with Mrs. Henry Thomas Hope; from 1877 with Henrietta Adela Hope and the Sixth Duke of Newcastle; already in 1893 with Lord Henry Francis Hope, the second son of the Sixth Duke of Newcastle); vase acquired July 24, 1917, purchased at auction, Christie, Manson and Woods, London; lid acquired 1926, gift of J. D. Beazley, who purchased it July 24, 1917, at auction, Christie, Manson and Woods, London.
Christie's, London. 1917. Celebrated collection of Greek, Roman & Egyptian sculpture and ancient Greek vases, being a portion of the Hope Heirlooms. July 23–24, 1917. no. 33, p. 9.

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