Fragment of a terracotta calyx-krater (mixing bowl)
Attributed to the Black Fury Painter
ca. 400–380 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Overall: 6 x 3 9/16in. (15.3 x 9cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920
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 asks 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.
Mayo, Margaret Ellen and Kenneth Hamma. 1982. The Art of South Italy: Vases from Magna Graecia no. 15, pp. 34, 84-86, 261, 308-9, Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.