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Terracotta column-krater (vase for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Boreas Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 21 3/8 in. (54.3 cm) diameter of mouth 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1896
Accession Number:
96.19.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Zeus pursuing Aegina
Reverse, man with staff and three women

The myth of Zeus and Aegina is rarely represented. Aegina was a nymph whom Zeus carried off to the island that came to bear her name. With economical means, the painter successfully characterizes each of the figures in the scene.
Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 536, no. 5, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, 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.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Aigina, no. 15, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Boardman, John. 1989. Athenian Red Figure Vases: The Classical Period, a Handbook. fig. 49, London: Thames and Hudson, London.

Cohen, Beth. 2000. Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art pp. 77, 81, Leiden: Brill.

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