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Fragment from the neck of a terracotta amphora

Cypro-Geometric III
ca. 850–750 B.C.
4 5/8 x 11 in. (11.8 x 28 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Panel with two figures and the arms of a third; panel with one figure

The representation(s) here most probably illustrate a narrative subject. A key to the interpretation lies in the identity of the horizontal shafts held by the figures in both panels. The figure on the right appears to be holding a spear, and he wears a belted garment of diamond shapes alternately reserved and glazed. At the left end of the fragment are the arms of an individual who holds a cup. Susan Langdon has raised the possibility that this is a very early depiction of the blinding of Polyphemos by Odysseus.
From Cyprus

Langdon, Susan. 1993. From Pasture to Polis: Art in the Age of Homer no. 70, Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri.

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