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)

Etruscan

(Etrusco-Corinthian)

Ceramic

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

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.872

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

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
Collection: 
GR - Etruscan
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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