Terracotta neck-amphora (jar), Attributed to the Acheloös Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Acheloös Painter
ca. 510–500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); diameter of mouth 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm); diameter of foot 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, women and man at fountain house
Reverse, woman and komasts (revelers)

However incomplete, this vase gives a very amusing picture of life in Athens, morning and evening. The figures on the obverse are at a fountain house, indicated by the architecture, the two panther's head waterspouts, and the block below on which to place hydriai (water jars) while they are being filled. Fountain houses were places where men and women could meet casually. On the reverse, three men wreathed with ivy disport themselves around a woman. The krotala (castanets) in her hand suggest that she is a hetaira, a professional entertainer.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): pp. 166, 173.

Beazley, John D. 1971. Paralipomena: Additions to Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters and to Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters [2nd edition]. p. 168, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Smith, T.J. 2003. "Black-Figure Komasts in ‘the Age of Red-Figure’: Continuity or Change." Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext: Akten des Internationalen Vasen-Symposions in Kiel vom 24.-28.9.2001. Veranstaltet durch das Archäologische Institut der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Bernhard Schmaltz and Magdalene Söldner, eds. p. 104 n. 28, Münster: Scriptorium.