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Terracotta column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water)

Attributed to the Agrigento Painter
Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 17 9/16 in. (44.6 cm); diameter 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Obverse, Herakles slaying the Egyptian king Busiris
Reverse, the king's priests and attendants in flight

One of the numerous adventures of Herakles took place in Egypt where he encountered Busiris, a king who had been advised to sacrifice all strangers to Zeus in order to avoid drought. Herakles prevailed over Busiris and killed him and all his henchmen.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Department of Classical Art: Athenian Vases, Concluded." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (6): p. 123, fig. 3.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "A Bronze Statuette of Herakles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (11): pp. 236-7.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 84, 225, pl. 65d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1963[1942]. Attic Red-figure Vase-painters, Vols. 1 and 2, 2nd ed. p. 574, no. 9, Oxford: Clarendon 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. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Bousiris, no. 23, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Cohen, Beth. 2000. Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art pp. 426-9, figs. 16.5-6, Leiden: Brill.

Gebauer, Jörg. 2002. Pompe und Thysia: Attische Tieropferdarstellungen auf schwarz- und rotfigurigen Vasen. Cat. Bu 15, pp. 497, 579, Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

Mcphee, Ian. 2006. "Herakles and Bousiris by the Telos Painter." Antike Kunst, 49: pp. 43-56, pl.13, 2-3.

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