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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Praxias Group
early 5th century B.C.
Terracotta; superposed-red
H. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
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.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 39, fig. 119, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Beazley, John D. 1947. Etruscan Vase Painting. no. 10, pp. 195-6, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Szilágyi, János György. 1973. "Zur Praxias-Gruppe." Archaeologia Polona, 14: p. 105, fig. 7.

Scarrone, Marta. 2008. "Il Pittore di Jahn." Studi Etruschi, 74: no. 13, p. 72.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 5.8, p. 149, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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