Detail View: The AMICA Library: Neck-amphora (jar) with lid

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.17.230.14a,b
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Exekias
Creator Name-CRT: 
Attributed to Exekias
Title: 
Neck-amphora (jar) with lid
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
ca. 540 B.C.
Creation Start Date: 
-542
Creation End Date: 
-538
Materials and Techniques: 
Terracotta
Classification Term: 
Vases
Dimensions: 
H. 18 1/2 in. (46.99 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
17.230.14a,b
Credit Line: 
Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.230.14a,b); Gift of J. D. Beazley, 1927 (27.16)
Rights: 
Context: 

On the body, obverse and reverse, a man and a woman in a chariot are accompanied by a woman and a kithara player; on the shoulder, a combat of foot soldiers and horsemen engage in combat. Black-figure was a cumbersome, restricted, and quite artificial technique, yet many magnificent vases testify to the variety of effect and the forcefulness of expression that it nonetheless permitted. Probably the greatest single black-figure artist was Exekias, who was both potter and painter. Although the essential ingredients of this work are traditional, its particular character is evident in the robust shape, the extraordinary precision and vitality in the figures and ornament, and the perfect relationship of the decorative elements to the body beneath.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.gr17.230.14ab.R.tif