Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Altamura Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

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.

Terracotta pelike (jar), Attributed to the Altamura Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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