Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Geometric Neck-Handled Amphora (Storage Vessel): Prothesis (Laying out of Corpse), Mourners, Chariots

Geometric Neck-Handled Amphora (Storage Vessel): Prothesis (Laying out of Corpse), Mourners, Chariots

c. 720-700 BC

attributed to Workshop of Athens 894

(Greek, Attic, Late Geometric llb)

Ceramic

Overall: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1927.6

Location

Did you know?

The better-preserved side of this vase is actually its reverse.

Description

This neck-amphora bears multiple forms of decoration related to funerary ritual. On the neck panels, mourners beat their heads or tear out their hair. Some surround a bier, a platform where the body of the deceased lies beneath a checkered cloth. Further down, a procession of two-horse chariots moves around the vase, whether headed to the cemetery or the battlefield. The snakes applied to the handles, neck, and rim may all allude to the underworld.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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