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Amphora with Polychrome and Relief Decoration
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Amphora with Polychrome and Relief Decoration


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Description This vase is a superb example from a rare group of ornate vessels. Their undecorated backs suggest they were intended for display within a niche. The Eros figures carry the attributes of Dionysus, including torches, a pail, and a lyre. The use of color, the tall, narrow proportions, and the elongated finial with floral tip on the lid are characteristic of South Italian work.
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [cat. no. 246]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Creator
Period
late 3rd century BCE (Hellenistic)
Medium
terracotta
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.117
Measurements
23 1/4 x 9 13/16 in. (59 x 25 cm); 6 11/16 in. (17 cm) (max. diam.)
Geography
  • Italy, Taranto (Place of Discovery)

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