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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Nikoxenos Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
18 1/16 × 11 3/4 in. (45.9 × 29.8 cm) Diam. of rim: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) Diam. of foot: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.99
Not on view
Obverse and reverse, the death of Priam

Priam, king of Troy, has taken refuge at the altar of Zeus Herkeios. The Greek warrior Neoptolemos attacks with a spear from the left as Hecuba, Priam's wife, gesticulates in despair. The Nikoxenos Painter worked in both black-figure and red-figure. It is interesting that while he employed red-figure for the decoration, the type of amphora is that preferred by black-figure artists.
[Until 1906, collection of Cesare and Ercole Canessa, Paris and Naples]; acquired in 1906 as part of the Canessa Collection.
Canessa, Ercole and Arthur Sambon. 1904. Vases Antiques de Terre Cuite: Collection Canessa, Bibliothèque du Musée. no. 227, p. 62, pl. 16, Paris.

Beazley, J. D. 1911/1912. "The Master of the Eucharides-Stamnos in Copenhagen." The Annual of the British School at Athens, 18: p. 233 n. 8.

Beazley, J. D. 1912/1913. "The Master of the Stroganoff Nikoxenos Vase." The Annual of the British School at Athens, 19: p. 235–36 n. 8.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beazley, John D. 1918. Attic Red-Figured Vases in American Museums. p. 25, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Hoppin, James C. 1919. A Handbook of Attic Red-Figure Vases, Vol. 2. no. 7, p. 233, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1925. Attische Vasenmaler des rotfigurigen Stils. no. 3, p. 91, Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 114–15, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richardson, Bessie Ellen. 1933. Old Age Among the Ancient Greeks: The Greeks Portrayal of Old Age in Literature, Art, and Inscriptions, with a Study of the Duration of Life among the Ancient Greeks on the Basis of Inscriptional Evidence. p. 91 n. 41, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1936. Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 17, pp. 41–42, pls. 19, 169, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1942. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters. pp. 147, no. 3, 952, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 72, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Wiencke, Matthew I. 1954. "An Epic Theme in Greek Art." American Journal of Archaeology, 58(4): p. 300 n. 59, fig. 21a, b, pl. 60.

Arias, Paolo Enrico. 1955. "Dalle necropoli di Spina la tomba 136 di valle Pega." Revista dell' Istituto Nazionale d'archeologia e storia dell'arte, 4: no. 11, pp. 107, 165 n. 35.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 220, no. 4, 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. 1988. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4: Eros-Herakles. Hekabe, no. 42, 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. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Priamos, no. 94, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Neils, Jenifer, Ralf von den Hoff, and Guy Michael Hedreen. 2009. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Sabine Albersmeier, ed. no. 61, pp. 242–43, Baltimore: Walters Art Museum.

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