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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.


455-445 BCE


Attributed to the Sabouroff 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.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 151


Ancient Greek


Amphora (Storage Jar)




455 BCE–445 BCE


terracotta, decorated in the red-figure technique


33.3 × 17 × 16.8 cm (13 1/8 × 6 3/4 × 6 5/8 in.)

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Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

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