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Work Etrusco-Corinthian Neck Amphora

Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Amphore à col : sur l'épaule, bateaux, file d'animaux

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Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Astier Marie-Bénédicte

This large neck amphora was produced in Caere during the late Orientalizing Period. It has an echinus mouth, ovoid body, conical foot, and ribbon handles. It makes original use of the technical and decorative repertories of the Corinthian workshops: the black-figure technique, scale pattern, and animal frieze.

An amphora from Cerveteri

This amphora entered the Louvre in 1863 as part of the Marquis Campana's collection. It is one of a series of vases conventionally known as the "scale amphora group" because of the regular scale pattern that covers most of the belly. Many examples of this type of amphora were produced in southern Etruria from the late Orientalizing Period (late seventh century BC); a great many have been found in the necropolises of Cerveteri (ancient Caere). This example was produced circa 600 BC; its creator made highly original use of the decorative vocabulary developed in the Corinthian workshops during the Orientalizing period.

Borrowing from the technical and decorative repertories of Corinth

The decoration of this amphora reflects the Etruscans' admiration for Corinthian works of art. Its surface was adorned using the black-figure technique invented in the workshops of Corinth circa 680-670 BC: the figures were painted in black silhouette and detailed with incisions and occasional red highlights. The figure panel, which stands out on the upper part of the belly, was a large-scale adaptation of the miniaturist style that was widely used by the Corinthians during the seventh century BC on small containers such as perfume containers. In the middle of the animal frieze is a boating scene (perhaps a battle scene) - an illustration of the Etruscan maritime activity referred to in texts.


Szilágyi János György, Ceramica etrusco-corinzia figurata, vol. I,
630-580 av. J.-C., Florence, L. S. Olschki, 1992-1999, p. 136, n 82,
pl. 47, B, C.

Technical description

  • Groupe des amphores à écailles

    Amphore à col : sur l'épaule, bateaux, file d'animaux

    Début du VIe siècle avant J.-C.

    Production : Cerveteri

  • Terre cuite

    H. : 62,80 cm. ; D. : 42 cm.

  • Collection Campana, 1863 , 1863

    Boats and Animal Procession on the Shoulder

    E 752

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities

    Denon wing
    Ground floor
    Etruria I
    Room 420
    Vitrine 4

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