Dec 22, 2020

Black-Figure Neck-Amphora (Storage Vessel): Animal Friezes

Black-Figure Neck-Amphora (Storage Vessel): Animal Friezes

c. 600–580 BC

attributed to St. Louis Painter

(Etruscan, active at Vulci, c. 600–580 BC)




Overall: 63.2 cm (24 7/8 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.872


Did you know?

The same potter and painter (whether one person or two) also made vases now in Saint Louis and Paris.


Although seemingly simple in design, this amphora populated with animals (some mythological) and vegetal ornaments speaks to complex cultural intermingling in the ancient world. Known as “Etrusco-Corinthian,” the vase was made in Vulci, an Etruscan site with local workshops influenced by the Greek pottery imported there. These imports, especially from the ancient city of Corinth, helped to bring certain motifs and creatures borrowed from the Near East—such as the griffins here—to the Italian peninsula. Among several lively Etruscan elements on this vase are flowering rosettes, including one about to be eaten by a stag foraging in the upper band.

See also
GR - Etruscan
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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