6th cent. BC, pair of stands - The Met
Pair of stands
Greek, Attic, red-figure, ca 520 BC. Sphinx and Iris (65.11.14) ; Two sphinxes (1980.537)
Purchase, Lewis V. Bell Fund, 1965 (65.11.14). Gift of Mr. and Mrs Norbert Schimmel, 1980 (1980.537)
A significant amount of Attic pottery was produced for export to Etruria. Indigenous Etruscan shapes were reinterpreted in Athenian workshops; the Hellenized variants were then sold to Etruscan patrons and often buried in their tombs. The Etruscan prototypes generally exist in the sturdy black ware called bucchero. This pair of stands represents the phenomenon of adaptation with a shape unique in Attic vase-painting. They probably held floral or vegetal offerings.