Nikosthenic Amphora

Nikosthenic Amphora

c. 530-510 BC

Black-figure terracotta

Diameter: 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.); Overall: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.); Diameter of rim: 13.3 cm (5 1/4 in.); Diameter of foot: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1974.10

Description

The distinctive shape of this amphora is a trademark of the potter Nikosthenes, who signed his name below one handle. More than 100 vases are known to be from the same workshop; almost all of them were found in Etruria. Although they were made in Greece, they appealed much more to an Etruscan clientele because the form was modeled on Etruscan metal and clay prototypes. On the neck, two youths dance around a krater. On the shoulder is a sphinx between two lions. On the body is a continuous procession of seven dancing satyrs alternating with six dancing women.

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

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