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Etruscan Black figure Amphora
New York | Greek Vases
 
Date:  6th Century BC
Culture:  Etruscan
Category:  Greek Vases
Medium:  Ceramic
Dimension: H: 17.3 cm
Price: $18,000.00
Provenance: Ex-US Private collection 1999
Serial No: 10319

This small amphora provides a wonderful example of 6th century Etruscan vase painting. The vase is painted black with a figural panel on each side of the body; above both these panels are palmette motifs surounding the figures. The panels reveal a scene between lovers before one departs for the evening, which is shown on side B by one of them walking alone and turning their head back as a final glance.

This amphora is attributed to the Micali Painter, an Etruscan vase painter of the late 6th century, who specialized in painting fantastic animals and figures. The amphora is a Greek shape, copied here by an Etruscan potter. The shape was used throughout the ancient world to store and transport foodstuffs, such as wheat, or liquids like wine, oil or water. Typical of Etruscan amphorae, our example has a more elongated profile than Attic versions of this same shape.