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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Pig Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 490 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 24 in. (61 cm) diameter of mouth 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm) diameter of foot 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.171.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, trainer and hoplitodromos (runner in armor)
Reverse, woman playing lyre and reveler

The shape of this neck-amphora harks back to an earlier generation with its squat proportions, short neck decorated with a black-figure palmette ornament, and two-part lip. Unusual also is the depiction of a woman playing the lyre on the reverse; in the context of a symposium (drinking party), lyres are more often played by men.
Said to be from Capua

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1957. "Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 15(7): pp. 166, 177.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 565, no. 37, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Cole, Nancy. 1968. Greek Athletic Games. no. 2, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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