Terracotta neck-amphora (storage jar)

Period: Early Corinthian

Date: ca. 620–590 B.C.

Culture: Greek, Corinthian

Medium: Terracotta; black-figure

Dimensions: H.: 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)

Classification: Vases

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.1021.18


Corinthian potters and painters invented a technique of silhouetted forms that would evolve into the black figures of Athenian vase painting. Typically, their vessels, like this neck amphora, are decorated with tapestry-like patterns of small animals and plant motifs. A variety of animals- bulls, lions, birds and goats march around the belly of this vase, and multiple rosettes fill the background. Above the queue of exquisite animals is a padded dancer, who stands between two lions.