Terracotta neck-amphora

Period: Geometric

Date: 4th quarter of the 8th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Attic

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H.: 27 in. (68.6 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910

Accession Number: 10.210.7


The iconography of this vase is emphatically martial. On the neck, a warrior appears between two horses; on the body is a procession of chariots. The painted decoration is enhanced by snakes added in clay. Snakes are traditionally associated with death because they can burrow under the ground and periodically shed their skin, a sign of renewal.