c. 720–700 BC
(Greek, Attic, Late Geometric llb)
Overall: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1927.6
The better-preserved side of this vase is actually its reverse.
This neck-amphora bears multiple forms of decoration related to funerary ritual. On the neck panels, mourners beat their heads or tear out their hair. Some surround a bier, a platform where the body of the deceased lies beneath a checkered cloth. Further down, a procession of two-horse chariots moves around the vase, whether headed to the cemetery or the battlefield. The snakes applied to the handles, neck, and rim may all allude to the underworld.
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