From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThe bail-amphora is typically a style of vase made in Campania. Its simple form is undemanding of the painter, therefore it appealed to less adventurous craftsmen. In this form, the bail-amphora is not practical as a vessel for liquids or foods. Therefore, the assumption is that the vessel was made specifically as a grave offering.
Depicted on both sides of this vessel is a youth wearing himation and a headband. On side A in the field above is a window and an ivy-leaf; while on side B there are two rosettes. The artist has used added white to highlight certain elements. These are perhaps theatrical scenes, given the decoration in the background.
The vase attributed to the APZ Painter, an abbreviation of the Apulianizing Painter, who was one of the key figures to introduce contemporary Apulian styles and motifs into Campanian style.
MakerAttributed to the APZ (Apulianizing) Painter
Date Madeca. 320 BC
Medium and MaterialsCeramic: Pottery
Style and IconographyCampanian
Style and IconographyRed-figure
Style and IconographyApulian
TechniqueSlip trailing (relief line)
TechniqueThrowing (pottery technique)
MeasurementsHeight to lip 230mm; Diameter 105mm
Subject and Association KeywordsFigurative art
Subject and Association KeywordsTheatre in art
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Credit LineDonated by M.K. Steven, 1970.
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