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Terracotta amphora (jar)

Attributed to the Swing Painter
Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 540–530 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 20 1/4 in. (51.5 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 154
Obverse and reverse, warrior departing in quadriga (4-horse chariot)

A soldier bidding farewell to his parents was a popular subject in vase-paintings. Here he has mounted a chariot drawn by four horses; and his charioteer, dressed in a long white and red chiton, prepares to drive him to the battlefield. The great warriors of Homer's Iliad were conducted to and from combat in this way.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 59, 200, pl. 40b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Beazley, John D. 1978[1956]. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. pp. 307, 693, no. 55, Add. 1, p. 307, New York: Hacker Art Books.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. no. 33, Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1980. The Horses of San Marco: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 1-June 1, 1980, New York. no. 14, p. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moore, Mary B. 2013. "Herakles Takes Aim: A Rare Attic Black-Figured Neck-Amphora Attributed to the Princeton Painter." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 48: p. 55, n. 59.

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