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

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

last quarter of the 6th century B.C.
H. with handle 21 11/16 in. (55.1 cm)
H. to rim of mouth 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
diameter of mouth 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
width with handles 11 11/16 in. (29.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
60.11.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
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.
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