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Terracotta neck-pelike (wine jar)

ca. 500 B.C.
Greek, Attic
Terracotta; black-figure
Overall: 10 1/2 x 6in. (26.7 x 15.3cm) diameter 5 11/16in. (14.5cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
Musical contests: obverse, kithara player; reverse, youth singing to double flute

The platforms on which the performers stand indicate that they are participating in musical competitions. The figure on the obverse holds a kithara, the type of lyre used for performances. His pose and the wreath he wears suggest that he may already have won. The figures on the reverse are entirely absorbed, the flute player within himself, the boy projecting toward his audience.
Richter, Gisela M. A., Marjorie J. Milne, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1922. Shapes of Greek Vases. New York.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Marjorie J. Milne. 1935. Shapes and Names of Athenian Vases. pp. 3-4, fig. 32, New York: Plantin Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 62, 203, pl. 43d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Pinney, Gloria Ferrari and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway. 1979. Aspects of Ancient Greece no. 27, pp. 60-61, Allentown, Penn.: Allentown Art Museum.

Mertens, Joan R. 1998. "Some Long Thoughts on Early Cycladic Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33: p. 18, fig. 17.

Blundell, Sue. 2002. "Clutching at Clothes." Women's Dress in the Ancient Greek World, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, ed. p. 166 n. 38, London: Gerald Duckworth.

Moore, Mary B. 2007. "The Princeton Painter in New York." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 42: pp. 21-56, fig. 28.

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