The gleaming golden color visible on the surface of these bronzes provides a rare glimpse of the original appearance of a bronze from classical antiquity. The quality of the chasing on the amphora is particularly fine; on the shoulder is a tongue pattern in shallow relief, below which are bands and running spirals with a chain of horizontal palmettes in between. The separately cast handles terminate at the shoulder with spotted feline heads fringed with flamelike tufts of hair. A terracotta pointed neck-amphora and its conical stand can also been seen in this gallery.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2004. "One Hundred Thirty-fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 134: p. 19.
Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2005. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2004–2005: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 63(2): p. 7.
Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 107, pp. 101, 427, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.