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Three fragments of a terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 360–340 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian, Gnathian
Medium:
Terracotta; added color
Dimensions:
a: greatest H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); greatest width: 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) b: greatest H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) d: greatest H. : 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); greatest width: 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.210.17a, b, d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The ransom of Hector and a satyr standing before a woman

Gnathian is a conventional term principally used for Apulian pottery in which polychrome decoration is applied to a black-glaze ground. The representation of the ransom of Hector was inspired by Aischylos' tragedy of the same name. The action is occurring on a stage, indicated by the horizontal lines below Hector's couch and footstool and the vertical tent supports. Priam kneels, clasping the legs of Achilles in supplication. The reverse shows figures executed in incision, with added white and yellow details.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. Ancient Furniture: A History of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Furniture. p. 70, n. 1, fig. 186, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 116, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1966. The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. pp. 56, 136, fig. 642, London: Phaidon Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1970. Perspective in Greek and Roman Art. p. 41, n. 3, fig. 168, New York and London: Phaidon 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. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Achilleus, no. 666, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 119, pp. 34, 252, 261-62, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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