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Terracotta vase in the form of a pygmy carrying a dead crane

Attributed to the Magenta Class
3rd century B.C.
Greek, South Italian
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Mythic battles between pygmies and cranes are amusing subjects in Greek art with a long tradition. The combats were thought to take place on the fringes of the southern part of the world.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 132, 272, pl. 112f, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Higgins, Reynold. 1976. "Magenta Ware." The British Museum Yearbook, 1: no. 5, pp. 9, 17, fig. 6.

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