Bronze neck-amphora (jar) with lid and bail handle


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153

Metal vases are far more rare than their ceramic counterparts because fewer were made and because the metal deteriorated or was melted down. Only about half a dozen complete bronze neck-amphorae are known. The side handles served for pouring, the swinging bail for lifting and carrying. The embellishment here is particularly masterful—not only the Gorgon's heads beneath the handles but also the beading, tongues, and lotos buds on the foot, lip, and handles.

Bronze neck-amphora (jar) with lid and bail handle, Bronze, Greek

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