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nolan amphora

A special and smaller version of the neck amphora.

Shape: Averaging twelve inches high, it is characterized by the slightly taller and narrower neck (than the neck amphora), with handles that are ribbed (earlier examples) or straps which have a central raised rib (later examples). The foot-disc is usually a torus.

History: A great number of these vases whose proveniences are known do come from Nola and nearby Capua, while many come from surrounding areas, suggesting that there was a foreign market for these vessels. It is a very popular shape with red-figure painters beginning by about 490 B.C., and continuing down to the second half of the following century.

Term: The Nolan amphora takes its modern name from the site, Nola, in South Italy, where many vases of this shape have been found.

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