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Fragment of a terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)

Attributed to the Black Fury Painter
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 400–380 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/4 x 9 1/16in. (19.7 x 23cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.195
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
The ransom of Hector and Apollo with a goddess

The larger fragment shows Priam, king of Troy, kneeling as he supplicates the Greek hero Achilles for the corpse of his son Hector. Behind Priam stands Hermes, the messenger god, identifiable by his winged boots. The male figure at the far left is probably an attendant of Priam. The second fragment shows Apollo, god of music, holding his kithara, a lyre used in performance. The seated female before him may be his sister Artemis. The painting is exceptional for the rich detail and polychromy as well as the characterization of the distraught Priam.
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. 665, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 14, pp. 34, 84-86, 261, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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, no. 582, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Sparkes, Brian. 2006. "The Ransom of Hecktor Illustrated." Hyperboreus: Studia Classica, 12: p. 16.

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