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About This Artwork
Amphora (Storage Jar), About 455-445 B.C.
Terra-cotta, red-figure technique
33.3 x 17 x 16.8 cm (13 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.)
Gift of Martin A. Ryerson, 1922.2198
Ancient and Byzantine Art
Not on Display
This vase has a distinctive shape characterized by an elongated ovoid body on a thick disk foot, an offset flaring neck, an inverted lip with grooves for a lid, and handles that rise from the shoulder and curve below the height of the mouth to join the neck. The type is called a Nolan amphora, after Nola, Italy, the site where the first examples of this shape were discovered and where this example was also found. It probably contained wine, olives, or oil. Nolan amphorae are small, usually less than fifteen inches high. Figures are drawn between the handles on the front and back. Below, a length of meander pattern provides a ground line.
—Permanent collection label