Amphora

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
End of 4th to early 3rd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 128.

Dimensions

14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.320

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Gnathian Ware

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Shape occasionally referred to as a krateriskos. The “Knot of Herakles” on either handle functions as a thumb-grip. An angular groove sharply bifurcates the rim. The neck is concave, the body rounded and tapering. The foot is in three degrees of rounded, torus-like moldings; the sloping stem is of moderate height.
There is vertical ribbing on the body, topped on either side by a white stripe. On either side of the neck is a branched spray in yellow. There are white rays on the roots of the handles and white spots on the foot. The stem of the foot is painted a dull red.

ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #128 (88.320)
Attributed to the Painter of the Louvre Bottle (Green)
End of 4th to early 3rd century B.C.

Provenance

By date unknown: Dr. Henry J. Bigelow Collection; gift of Dr. Henry J. Bigelow to MFA, March 6, 1888

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Henry J. Bigelow