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Amphora (Storage Jar)

Terracotta vessel glazed in black, decorated with an orange figure of a woman holding a shield and a spear.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Terracotta vessel glazed in black, decorated with an orange figure of a woman holding a shield and a spear.


460-450 BCE


Attributed to the Achilles Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

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.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Achilles Painter


Amphora (Storage Jar)


Athens (Object made in)

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460 BCE–450 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


34.3 × 18.2 cm (13 1/2 × 7 1/8 in.); Diam.: 18.2 cm (7 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

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