Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Praxias Group

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Artists of the Praxias Group, who probably worked in Vulci, were the first Etruscan vase-painters to develop a simpler version of the true red-figure technique. This vase is a good example of their work. The amphora shape is directly borrowed from Greek, specifically Attic, prototypes. The nude youth leaning on a long walking stick that is repeated on each side is a subject perfectly familiar from the Greek repertoire. What is different is the technique. Here, rather than reserving the figures (painting up to their outline), they are painted in a red-slip over the black-gloss background; then, interior modeling is achieved by incising lines through the superposed red slip.

Terracotta amphora (jar), Attributed to the Praxias Group, Terracotta, Etruscan

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