Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Antimenes Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

Obverse and reverse, between warriors, eyes

A major iconographical innovation in Attic vase-painting about 540 B.C. was the introduction of pairs of eyes. Traditionally attributed to Exekias, it appears most commonly on cups but occurs on nearly every other shape. The motif was intended to ward off evil. In the context of the symposium (drinking party), it may have served against sickness and hangovers.

Terracotta neck-amphora (jar), Attributed to the Antimenes Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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