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Terracotta bail-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Ixion Painter

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 330–310 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Campanian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.240
  • Description

    Obverse, Bellerophon and the chimaera
    Reverse, two youths

    The Ixion Painter was the foremost Campanian artist of the later fourth century, and the bail-amphora was favored in that region. The painter exploited the awkward, narrow verticality to depict Pegasos and Bellerophon airborne above the wounded chimaera. This mythical creature had a lion's body, a goat's forepart on its back, and a snake's tail.

  • References

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, no. 90, pp. 206-7.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Pegasos (Pegasos, Bellerophon), no. 156.

    Nara National Museum. 2008. Pegasus and the Heavenly Horses: Thundering Hoofs on the Silk Road. Nara: Nara National Museum, no. 13, pp. 34, 252.

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