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Pegasus Vessel Ornament

This resin ornament featuring Pegasus was inspired by a Greek neck-amphora vessel in the Getty Villa collection.

- Dimensions: 3.25 x 2 in.
- Material: Resin
- Includes gift packaging
- Made in China
- Item #: ORNVSL2

An unusual scene decorates the neck amphora that inspired the adaptation for this ornament: on one side a winged horse, perhaps Pegasus, is shown in profile to the left, with its wings spread as if ascending or landing. On the reverse is a nude youth holding a morsel of food for a long-tailed cat leaping up with its forelegs extended to snatch the tempting treat.

Depictions of cheetahs and cats as domestic pets occur relatively frequently in Etruscan art, although scenes of cat-teasing are rare and more typical in Greek art.

Neck-Amphora, about 490 B.C.
Close to the Painter of the Dancing Satyrs (Etruscan, active 500-475 B.C.)
Terracotta
34.6 x 21.5 cm (13 5/8 x 8 7/16 in.)
J. Paul Getty Museum, 68.AE.17