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Amphora (Storage Jar)

A work made of terracotta, black-figure on white-ground.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, black-figure on white-ground.


530-520 BCE


Close to the style of the Antimenes Painter
Greek; Athens

About this artwork

This large vessel was used for storing and mixing wine, and was likely used as part of the Greek symposium. Much like modern academic symposiums, in which people discuss a topic of common interest, debunking old theories and putting forth new hypotheses; the men of ancient Athens regularly got together in private homes to exchange ideas. Afterward the participants might continue the conversation, discussing their impressions in greater detail or simply socializing over a drink. As the evening progressed, participants engaged in other pleasures, including games, performances, and sex. Wine played a major role in fueling these evenings, and as such the myriad vessels used in the symposium often paid homage to drink. Here, the face or mask of a satyr, one of the followers of the wine god Dionysos, is depicted with grapevines seemingly growing from his head.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Amphora (Storage Jar)


Athens (Object made in)

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530 BCE–520 BCE


terracotta, black-figure on white-ground


39.4 × 27.7 cm (15 1/8 × 10 7/8 in.); Diam.: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

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Costa A. Pandaleon Endowment

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