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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.
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.

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. 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. 1988. Eros-Herakles, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 4. 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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