Fragments of a terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Amasis Painter

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

On the body, obverse and reverse, Dionysos, satyrs, and maenads
Subsidiary panel on the obverse, satyrs and maenads

These fragments originally belonged to a rare and particularly engaging type of amphora in the Amasis Painter's oeuvre. The decoration consisted of the primary figural scene but also of a subsidiary frieze at the top of the panel. In addition to the black-figure technique, the artist employed simple outline to render the flesh parts of the maenads. This use of pure drawn line came into its own about 530 B.C. as the red-figure technique. The Amasis Painter and contemporaries such as Sakonides anticipated, in some works, the new manner of decoration.

Fragments of a terracotta amphora (jar), Attributed to the Amasis Painter, Terracotta, Greek, Attic

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