Amphora (Storage Jar)

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


4th century BC


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. Around the neck are sea-creatures that bear a striking resemblance to the Fountain of the Tritons, the part-human, part-fish creatures born to Triton, son of Poseidon, found in the center of McKinlock Court.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art


Ancient Greek


Amphora (Storage Jar)


Central Italy


400 BC–301 BC


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


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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