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Terracotta neck-amphora (jar) with twisted handles

Attributed to the Kleophrades Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 490–480 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 18 5/8 in. (47.3 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.233
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Obverse, Apollo; reverse, Herakles: the struggle for the Delphic tripod

In the Archaic tradition, depictions of the struggle for the Delphic tripod emphasize the narrative: Herakles comes to Delphi to carry off the tripod, which is central to the sanctuary's prophetic activity; Apollo, the presiding deity, keeps firm hold of it. By contrast, the Kleophrades Painter emphasizes the protagonists rather than the action: Apollo moves purposefully, asserting himself simply by raising his right hand; Herakles has possession of the tripod, which he appears to defend with his club. The outcome is conveyed by the characterization of the figures.
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