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Wine Jar depicting scenes of centauromachy

The clay of this wine jar (amphora) comes from Etruria, but its subject is Greek. On one side warriors attack a giant, perhaps the Cyclops Polyphemus, and on the other Greeks fight centaurs. The friezes of birds, leaves and flowers resemble those on vases produced in the islands of the Aegean and on the west coast of modern Turkey. The style and subjects of this vase may have been brought to Etruria by Greeks from the eastern Mediterranean. The painter of this vase was one of a group of craftsman known today as the 'Pontic Group'.