Neck Amphora

Neck Amphora

515-510 BC

Black-figure terracotta

Overall: 39.8 cm (15 11/16 in.); Diameter: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1970.16

Fun Fact

The amphora was one of the most popular vase shapes at the end of the 6th century BC.


The amphora was one of the most popular vase shapes towards the end of the 6th century BC. The expansive belly of this vase is well-suited to the more active and voluminous figures introduced in the 6th century. Side A: Herakles wrestles with the Nemean lion while Athena looks on. To the left is his nephew, Iolaos, holding his uncle's wooden club. Side B: Dionysus celebrates a drunken thiasos (reveling scene) with satyrs and maenads.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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