Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the manner of Lydos
ca. 540 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 21 15/16 in. (55.7 cm)
diameter of mouth 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)
diameter of foot 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: Graffito on the lip in Greek: "HI"
Redmond, Roland L. and Dudley T. Easby Jr. 1952. "Report of the Trustees for the Year 1951." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(1): p. 27.

Beazley, John D. 1956. Attic Black-figure Vase-painters. p. 119, no. 6, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 48, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. no. 12, p. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mertens, Joan R. 2010. How to Read Greek Vases. p. 16, fig. 6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.