Terracotta Nolan neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Dwarf Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370

Obverse, Greek fighting an Amazon
Reverse, man with staff

The combination of subjects on the obverse and reverse is thought-provoking because one is mythological and the other reflects fifth-century B.C. Athens. In its mythological prehistory, Athens was attacked by the Amazons, a tribe of warrior-women whose homeland lay beyond the Black Sea. Theseus, the legendary king of Attica, fought against the invaders and married Antiope, the Amazon queen. The iconography here brings an event of the distant past into the reality of the present.

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

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