Period: Late Archaic–Classical
Date: ca. 500–450 B.C.
Dimensions: Total H. of amphora on stand 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm)
H. of amphora 19 in. (48.3 cm)
H. of stand 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Credit Line: The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 2004
Accession Number: 2004.171a, b
The gleaming 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 stand was needed to ensure the stability of the amphora because the bottom of the vase ends in a narrow, pointed base. The stand is decorated extensively, with two concentric rows of perforated triangles between narrow guilloche bands.