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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Affecter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. as restored 16 15/16 in. (43.1 cm) H. as preserved 10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.286.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Obverse, Hermes and woman between men
Reverse, Hermes and warrior between men
Under the handles, horseman and Bellerophon on Pegasos

The scenes on the body are certainly connected. Hermes brings together a warrior and a woman, who, as indicated by the cloak that covers her head, is married. The aggressive posture of the warrior suggests that he is Menelaos reclaiming his wife, Helen, at Troy. The horseman and bird under one handle may allude to Troilos, the Trojan prince ambushed by Achilles.
Said to be from Orvieto

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Votive Gifts to Artemis Orthia." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(6): p. 157.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. p. 244, no. 51, New York: Hacker Art Books.

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. 1990. Herakles-Kenchrias, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 5. Hermes, nos. 731b, 765a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 51, n. 7.

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