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Terracotta neck-amphora of Nicosthenic shape (jar)

Attributed to the Class of Cabinet des Médailles 218
ca. 510 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
H. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm); diameter of mouth 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); diameter of foot 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Herakles fighting Amazons; on the neck, fight
Reverse, Dionysos and satyrs; on the neck, courting scene

The Nicosthenic neck-amphora is characterized by ribbon handles that are attached at the top of the lip and on the shoulder. In addition the body tends to be egg-shaped and the neck quite narrow. The shape is named after Nikosthenes, the enterprising owner of a potter's establishment that exported actively to Etruria. Nikosthenes signed his wares often and specialized in Atticizing Etruscan shapes that evidently appealed to his western clientele.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): pp. 166, 172.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 11, middle, 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. 139, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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