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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with twisted handles

Attributed to the Matsch Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); diameter of mouth 6 5/16 in. (16 cm); diameter of foot 4 9/16 in. (11.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.39
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, old man and warrior
Reverse, man leaning on staff

The vase depicts a warrior's departure. The representation on the obverse is particularly expressive, with the two figures presented as virtual mirror images—the older man leaning on his staff, the warrior holding his spear, and the two shafts crossing at the bottom.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): pp. 166, 177.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 284, no. 4, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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