Woman Carrying an Amphora

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Woman Carrying an Amphora

C. 7th Century B.C., Cypro-Archaic
17.5 x 5.4 cm (6 ⁷/₈ x 2 ¹/₈ inches)



A hollow, wheel-made female figure standing, holding a belly-handled amphora on the top of her head. Splayed at the base, with applied pellets as breasts. Painted with red and black decoration delineating clothing and features. Her skirt is decorated with black bands, a trapezoidal ornament is painted hanging around her neck and her eyes, eyebrows and fingers are painted in black. There is red on her arms and ears. The amphora is decorated with black and red bands and a small pine tree on either side.


Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1925-2014
American University Museum, 2014-2021


‘Collection of Antique Grecian, Egyptian and Etruscan Statuettes, Vases, Tanagras etc. Made by Raphael Collin of Paris, France’, January 1911, no. 1, p. 1 (as canéphore, 15th-10th century B.C.).
Original Clark Catalog, p. 234, part 2, no. 1
Illustrated Handbook of the W. A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1928, p. 99, no. 2504.
Illustrated Handbook of the W. A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1932, p. 105, no. 2504.
David Aaron Ltd, 2023, No. 20


Previously in the Private Collection of Raphaël Collin (1850 –1916), France, acquired between 1890 and 1910. The collection was assembled with the help of Edmond Pottier, curator in the department of Eastern antiquities at the Musée du Louvre.
Private Collection of Senator William A. Clark (1839 - 1925), USA, acquired from Raphaël Collin c. 1911.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, (1926 - 2014), bequeathed by William A. Clark in 1926.
American University Museum (2014 - 2021), bequeathed by the trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art on its closure in 2014, de-accessioned to raise funds for the American University Museum with the agreement of the Corcoran museum trustees and the American University Museum directors in 2021.
ALR: S00221583, with IADAA certificate, this item has been searched against the Interpol database.