Terracotta pelike (jar)
Attributed to the Altamura Painter
Obverse and reverse, libation at the departure of a young warrior
Vases are invaluable sources of evidence for Athenian practices. Here, for instance, it is noteworthy that both the woman and the warrior are holding a phiale from which to pour a libation. Artistically, it is also apparent that the Altamura Painter used the shield to experiment with effects of perspective and foreshortening.
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