Amphora (Storage Jar)

A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique.

Date:

about 460/450 BC

Artist:

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

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Achilles Painter

Title

Amphora (Storage Jar)

Origin

Athens

Date

460 AD–450 AD

Medium

terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique

Dimensions

H. 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.); diam. 18.2 cm (7 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip D. Armour and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1889.17

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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