Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the manner of Lydos

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Obverse and reverse, horseman

Lydos favored placing one or two horsemen in a panel on the dark, imposing shape of an amphora. This conceit, a refinement of the earlier horse-head amphorae, was adopted by artists associated with him. The graffito on the lip (HI) is not a friendly American greeting. It may possibly be the beginning of a dedication or it may have some commercial significance, the usual function of such inscriptions.

Terracotta amphora (jar), Attributed to the manner of Lydos, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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