Amphora (Wine Container) with Lid

Amphora (Wine Container) with Lid

Object Title:

Amphora (Wine Container) with Lid

Date:

c. 530 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta (black-figure)

Dimensions:

18 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (47 x 24.1 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1932 (3588)

Geography:

Greece

Object Number:

3588

Description:

The amphora was one of the most common of Attic shapes, an all-pupose storage container for liquid such as honey, oil or wine; dry goods; small foods such as olives; and even the ashes of the deceased. Amphorae often had lids, and the one here is among the few to survive. Painted in the black-figure technique, one side of the amphora is painted with a charioteer driving warrior nearby. Dionysic revelers appear on the other side dancing with garlands on their heads.