Description An "amphora" is a two-handled vessel used to store wine, oil, honey, or grain. Vases such as this one, however, were made to be buried in tombs and depict moments in the funerary ritual. On the neck, the deceased is laid out on the funeral bier, with the checkered shroud raised to reveal the body. The couch is surrounded by women who tear at their hair in grief. Around the body of the vase, a procession of chariots and warriors moves to the right. A narrow band of running dogs appears above, and a band of grazing deer below. Clay snakes were modeled separately and applied to the mouth, handles, and shoulder of the vase, emphasizing their funerary role as guardians of tombs.
- In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Lagunillas, Havana, 1956; Ars Antiqua Auction, Lucerne, 1961; Walters Art Museum, 1961, by purchase [William H. Schab, New York, as agent].
Credit Museum purchase, 1961
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