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Amphora (Storage Jar)

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


4th century BCE


Faliscan; Latium, Italy

About this artwork

With its monumental proportions, white volute handles, and red-figure decoration, this amphora bears a striking resemblance to vases from Apulia on the eastern coast of southern Italy. However, this vase belongs to the Faliscan culture, the Etruscans’ southernmost neighbor in the region of modern-day Tuscany. Together, the Etruscans and Faliscans would struggle against Roman expansion. The high quality and popularity of the Faliscan wares vied with Roman ceramic production, intensifying the tension between the regions. Here a nude female hands a young warrior his armor, and around the neck are sea-creatures.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Amphora (Storage Jar)


Central Italy (Object made in)

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400 BCE–301 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


62.2 × 29.2 × 28.9 cm (24 1/2 × 11 1/2 × 11 3/8 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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