Etruscan Amphora Jar

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Pottery is a timeless artistic method dating from prehistoric times. The uses of such objects are infinite, from storage, to decoration, to ceremonial purposes. The Faliscan Amphora Jar was used to store large amounts of product, typically believed to have stored wine. The Amphora Jar was created in the fourth century BCE out of Terracotta clay. This jar belonged to the Faliscan culture, the Etruscans’ southernmost neighbor. This explains why the jar portrays multiple aspects of Etruscan art, for example monumental proportions, white volute-handles, red-figure decoration, and terracotta clay as choice of material. One side of this jar depicts a nude female figure handing a young warrior his armor, and on the reverse side the same female figure is found standing between two youths…show more content…
These bands are reminiscent of ancient Egyptian registers. The repetitive patterned band that the figures stand on is very reminiscent of the Greek Key Pattern. This is yet another example of how traditional artistic craft was being shared throughout Southern Italy. The intricate, organic patterns that line each side of the storage jar create extreme rhythm and movement. The multiple feathers protruding outward give the pattern a feeling of expansion, while at the same time seeming as if it’s imploding in on itself due to the swirling details toward the bottom. There was definitely an attempt at portraying the figures that decorate the jar in the correct profile perspective. The faces and feet appear to be in a full profile perspective, while the legs, torso, and arms are in more of a three quarters perspective. This is reminiscent of how ancient Egyptian art portrayed figures having profile faces and legs while having frontal view torsos. This Faliscan Amphora storage jar seems as though it is trying to move away from this type of portrayal and attempting a more classical, naturalistic

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