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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Altamura Painter
ca. 470 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); diameter of mouth 7 1/2 in. (19 cm); diameter of foot 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
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.
von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15(7): pp. 166, 175.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 594, no. 53, 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. 394, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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